“The test results are back and it is cancer.” These few, simple words can turn your life upside down. In the days and weeks after receiving the news, newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones often feel overwhelmed and lost about where to turn for guidance, support or simply what to do next.
You may need information about what to expect from your diagnosis and potential treatments and how to manage side effects that can impact your physical, emotional, and spiritual functioning. You may have questions about how to share this news with people in your life—your family, workplace, friends -and how to get the support you need during this difficult time as well as making sure your loved ones have the support that will help them. There may be challenges with navigating insurance or disability concerns or worries about making sure you are making good nutritional choices as you prepare for upcoming treatment.
You may wish to connect with a community of others who are also finding their way through cancer through support groups and lectures that can educate and assist. Last, you may need a place to go where your all your anxieties and concerns, spoken and unspoken, will be understood by a team of psychosocial oncology professionals who will hear you and assist you to develop the tools you need for the road ahead.
At the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, we can provide all of these resources for those beginning treatment for cancer at UCLA:
- Support groups
- Meditation / Mindfulness / QiGong
- Individual and Family Support
- Integrative oncology consultations with an integrative oncology specialist
- Insights into Cancer