According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. With this ever increasing rate of people being impacted, the need for psycho-oncology to meet the psychosocial, behavioral, and ethical aspects of the patients’ and their families has become overwhelming. The adjustment process to accept a cancer diagnosis is life-altering. This heart-wrenching diagnosis is often defined by the physical impact it has on the patient, is it often at the forefront of each patient’s care plan. However, an increasing body of evidence reveals an equally important emotional consequence.
Regardless of the prognosis, cancer is a cause of anxiety and depression in more than one-third of the cancer patients. Other mental health issues include: Family coping, relationship issues, existential issues and changes in behavior and in thought. Cancer has a profound effect on the function of the family and at Embrace, we are committed in their emotional healing. Read more on the www.cancer.org website