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Coping with Cancer


Cancer can impact many aspects of life, both for patients and their loved ones. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Patient and Family Support staff help patients deal with the emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual aspects of a cancer diagnosis.

Whether you’re a patient, loved one, or caregiver, you may feel a range of emotions during a cancer experience. Feelings such as anxiety, distress, grief, and uncertainty may come and go. There is no right or wrong way to feel, nor is there a right or wrong way to react to your feelings. 

Ask for help when you need it and tell your loved ones how you feel. This will make it easier to help each other through a difficult time. Also, share your feelings with your doctor, nurse, or social worker. Remember, your health care team is there for you, not just to treat you.

Patients and caregivers often find comfort among those who are going through, or have already gone through, a cancer experience. Choose a way that works for you to share feelings, find support, and connect with others who can empathize:

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