Coping with cancer
The words “you have cancer” could cause you to feel strong emotions or you may find yourself having no emotional reaction. Often people feel shock, overwhelmed and helpless, and don’t know how to deal with these feelings. Grief and loss, fear, sadness, worry, and even anger, are all appropriate emotional responses to finding out about cancer.
Asking for help
A way to cope with how you may be feeling is to talk to someone. You do not have to handle this alone. We have trained specialists who can help you explore your emotional reactions to cancer and ways to cope and adjust.
For immediate help with feelings of suicide please call 24 hr hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Licensed clinical social worker: A social worker helps you focus on strategies to cope, adjust and improve emotional wellbeing while you are undergoing cancer diagnosis and treatment. To speak with one of our oncology social workers ask your provider for a referral or call 916-734-5959
Registered dietitian: An oncology dietitian can help you with diet and nutrition issues during and after treatment. If you would like to have a consultation with the dietitian, ask your provider for a referral or call 916-734-5959
Psychiatry clinic: A psychiatrist helps patients experiencing depression, anxiety, or other mental health symptoms. If you believe this would be helpful, discuss your concerns with your oncologist or social worker, who can make a referral for you to see a psychiatrist
Peer navigator program: Provides one-to-one peer support to newly diagnosed cancer patients who are matched with trained cancer survivors. For more information »
Support groups: There are many support groups throughout the Sacramento area exist. For more information »
Patient and family resource center: Check the resource center for additional information about supportive programs »
- Anxiety, fear and depression: A cancer diagnosis can affect your emotional health by American Cancer Society
- ACS RESOURCE SEARCH find additional support programs and services in your area via American Cancer Society's national database
- American Cancer Society: Oncology social workers Cancer Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to answer your questions about cancer, and links to resources in your community. Multiple languages available: 1-800-227-2345