The early stages of treatment are particularly overwhelming physically, emotionally, and logistically. However, cancer is a lifelong diagnosis. Mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief can happen at any time.
There are a lot of ways to learn about and cope with mental health challenges that come from cancer. Many pediatric cancer treatment centers have specialists including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, child life specialists, and more who are there to support the whole child and family. As a part of the treatment team, they have unique expertise on how cancer affects a child's well-being. They may also be able to suggest local therapists or support groups.
Sometimes it is hard to even know where to start in understanding what mental health is, how it's been impacted by childhood cancer, or who can help. The support tools available on Cancer Cushion are bite-sized answers to these questions, designed to help soften the impact of this terrible disease.