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You can find an endless supply of information on just about any psychosocial issue online. However, you should only access regularly updated and reputable sources.

Getting the Psychosocial Support You Need to Get through Cancer

by Nancy W. Fawzy, RN, DNSc

Cancer is not just life-threatening; it is also life-altering. Cancer and its lifesaving treatments often cause psychosocial issues that last long after cancer treatment has ended. Dealing with these psychosocial issues can be tricky. They affect people differ­ently, depending on age and health status. They also may change or evolve as you journey through diagnosis, treat­ment, and follow-up care.

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Steps toward Rebuilding a Positive Sense of Self after Cancer

by William Penzer, PhD

In an ideal world, after your last cancer treatment your doctor would offer an infusion of self-esteem, a magic potion to plug the holes in your self-image left behind from your journey through Cancerville and replenish your reserves of self-confidence. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. If cancer has left your self-esteem in shambles, the task of reclaiming a healthy sense of self will be a unique chal­lenge – but it’s definitely a doable one.

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Leaving Fear and Uncertainty Behind

by Merle H. Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Barbara B. Germino, PhD, RN, FAAN

Everyone experiences feelings of uncertainty now and then. But as a cancer survivor, you may find yourself wrestling with a unique type of uncertainty – the possibility of cancer recurrence. This fear of your cancer returning can linger long after treat­ment ends.

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