After receiving a cancer diagnosis, it is common to experience a range of emotions. Having healthy ways to talk about the challenges that come with cancer can help you in understanding your emotional reactions and physical changes that often occur during cancer treatment. Coping with cancer can differ from person to person, and there are many ways to receive support and stabilize your mental health.  

Individual Counseling 

Research suggests that patients who receive counseling support during cancer often benefit emotionally and physically. The UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center works to support patients through individual counseling, expressive therapy and music therapy. You make ask your doctor for a referral or speak to your oncology social worker to create a unique coping plan that fits your needs. 

Support Groups 

You are not alone with a cancer diagnosis, consider joining a support group to learn new coping strategies and form relationships with people going through similar experiences. These types of groups will allow you to both receive both emotional support and practical advice from other cancer survivors. There are local support groups such as those offered through Gilda’s Club. You may reach Gilda’s Club at 502-371-3040 or visit gck.org to learn more.  

Available Podcasts 

Podcasts are a great way to hear of other cancer survivor stories and learn new coping and lifestyle strategies. Cancer specific podcasts can provide education about cancer while also providing affirmation that other people may be experiencing emotions and fears like your own. Cancercare.org offers the Cancer Out Loud podcast and locally, Shirley’s Way offers the Shirley Talk podcast. 

If you’re struggling with mental health issues upon a cancer diagnosis, know you are not alone and there are resources to help guide you through this process. If you are a patient at Brown Cancer Center, call 502-562-7092 or visit UofLBrownCancerCenter.org/SOAR-On to learn more about the resources available within the SOAR On Loyd Family Wellness Program.  

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Denise Thomas, M.Ed., M.A., LPA, NCC

Denise Thomas, M.Ed., M.A., LPA, NCC is a Licensed Psychological Associate, National Board Certified Counselor and Tobacco Treatment Specialist with UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center. She works with the Behavioral Oncology Clinic at Brown Cancer Center offering counseling resources for patients who are dealing with the overwhelming psychological effects of cancer. She helps patients with psychosocial issues such as stress, anxiety and depression that can accompany a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment. Her services are part of the SOAR On Loyd Family Wellness Program.

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