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Making an appointment to talk with a trained therapist or counselor is a good idea if you are feeling emotionally burdened while supporting your loved one with cancer. The session can be scheduled as a one-on-one meeting with a counselor or your partners and families can meet together with a counselor.

For a person with cancer, counselors can help provide emotional support. Counselors can be helpful because they understand the impact cancer has on a patient’s life and the lives of those around them. Counselors can also help families learn new ways to support their loved one and themselves.

Younger children and adolescents may also find counseling helpful in dealing with the changes in their lives as a result of a family member having cancer. The resources below can help you determine what kind of therapy might be best for your loved one and/or family.

Counseling and Therapy for Cancer
“Individual, family, and couples counselors can all provide support as a person attempts to better understand their diagnosis and come to terms with it.” This resource outlines the importance of counseling and how you, your loved one or your family might benefit from counseling while also dealing with cancer.

Information on when to seek counseling, how counseling can help, different types of counseling and how to choose the right counselor for you and your family.

Finding a Counselor
LiveSTRONG Foundation
This resource can help you find the right counselor for you and your loved one’s situation.

In Sickness and in Health: Cancer and Couples
Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
Provides issues a couple may encounter when cancer becomes part of their relationship. Some of the issues covered include gender differences, communication, lack of appreciation, sexual intimacy and healing old wounds.


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