Coping With Cancer: Where To Get Help


Although having cancer takes a toll on the body, for many patients the emotional strains are just as difficult. The stresses of undergoing treatment, along with the impact it has on relationships with family and friends, can be overwhelming. It's common for people with cancer to need help learning how to cope with the many emotions that emerge after receiving a diagnosis.

In the African American community, family ties are strong and often run from the immediate family to extended family members. But even that kind of support isn't always enough to help cancer patients get through the lonely times. When someone is in the middle of a grueling treatment regimen and still trying to mentally process the fact that they have cancer, it can be hard to feel as if anyone understands what they are going through.

The National Cancer Institute offers free and easy-to-understand information about ways to cope with cancer. These materials may help you or someone you love who is facing the disease. Visit our website,, to learn about topics such as ways to deal with the physical and emotional effects of cancer, the impact on children and family members, and tips for communicating. Here are some web-based "Coping with Cancer" resources you should know about:


Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care

Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer

Coping with Advanced Cancer

Coping with the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Coping with the Side Effects of Radiation Therapy


For your friends and family:
When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer

When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer


In addition, NCI has free publications available on coping and many other topics. These can be ordered by visiting or by calling the NCI Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1.800.4.CANCER (1.800.422.6237)