The Emotional Side Effects of Cancer

Patients who have received a cancer diagnosis experience a range of emotions before, during and after treatment including anxiety, fear or depression.

At Illinois CyberKnife, the CyberKnife® nurse navigator works with you and your loved ones during each appointment to answer questions including emotional concerns you may be having. Work toward an open and honest dialogue with all those involved in your cancer journey to maintain a healthy outlook on your diagnosis.

The American Cancer Society has additional information on how cancer can affect you:

“When you are told you have cancer, the diagnosis affects not only you, but also your family and friends. You may feel scared, uncertain, or angry about the unwanted changes cancer will bring to your life and theirs. You may feel numb or confused. You may have trouble listening to, understanding, or remembering what people tell you during this time. This is especially true when your doctor first tells you that you have cancer. It’s not uncommon for people to shut down mentally once they hear the word cancer.”

Visit the American Cancer Society to learn more about the emotional impact of cancer.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.