Renal Cell Cancer (cont.)
Support Groups and Counseling
Living with cancer presents many new challenges, both for the people with cancer and for their family and friends.
- People with cancer probably have many worries about how the cancer will affect them and their ability to "live a normal life," to care for their family and home, to hold their job, and to continue the friendships and activities they enjoy.
- Many people feel anxious and depressed. Some people feel angry and resentful; others feel helpless and defeated.
For most people with cancer, talking about their feelings and concerns helps.
- Friends and family members can be very supportive. They may be hesitant to offer support until they see how someone is coping. If people with cancer want to talk about their concerns, they should let someone know.
- Some people do not want to "burden" their loved ones, or prefer talking about their concerns with a more neutral professional. A social worker, a counselor, or a member of the clergy can be helpful if they want to discuss their feelings and concerns about having cancer. A surgeon or an oncologist should be able to recommend someone.
- Many people with cancer are helped profoundly by talking to other people who have cancer. Sharing concerns with others who have been through the same thing can be remarkably reassuring. Support groups of people with cancer may be available through the medical center where treatment was received. The American Cancer Society also has information about support groups all over the United States.
For more information about support groups, contact these agencies:
- American Cancer Society - (800) ACS-2345
- Kidney Cancer Association - (800) 850-9132
More Information on Renal Cell Cancer
Kidney Cancer Association
National Cancer Institute, What You Need To Know About Kidney Cancer
Renal Cell Cancer Picture
Medically reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology
"Clinical manifestations, evaluation, and staging of renal cell carcinoma"
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/14/2015
Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP
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