Oncology support

What is Oncology?

Oncology is the study and treatment of all types of cancer. A cancer diagnosis can have a devastating effect on a person’s life, including on those around them. 

Treatments for cancer are improving day-by-day and many people recover, or are able to manage their condition, with treatment. However, the impact on lifestyle, plans and goals for the future can be challenging, and have a lasting effect on a person’s mental health. 

Living with high functioning anxiety

Signs of needing support

Some of the common challenges that people can face include: 

  • Focusing on the possible negative outcomes and ignoring any positive news, such as positive feedback on treatment results 
  • Black-and-white thinking about the future 
  • Feeling unable to share thoughts and feelings with friends and family, with concerns about ‘burdening’ others     
  • Feelings of anger and blame towards themselves and others 
  • Coming to terms with the impacts of cancer treatments 
  • Reactions to physical symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue and nausea 

How we can support your employee/member

Psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and supportive counselling can help adapt and adjust to the thoughts and feelings that result from a cancer diagnosis and treatments.  

  • Looking at strengths and coping behaviours 
  • Exploring and adapting thoughts and beliefs about illness  
  • Learning problems solving and coping skills for managing during challenging times 
  • Getting back to activities that are pleasurable and meaningful 
  • Where appropriate, life beyond cancer or end of life support 

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