Mental Health Support During Cancer Care

Mental Health Support During Cancer Care

Jenni Daniel BSN, RN
Jenni Daniel BSN, RN
Mental Health Support During Cancer Care | cancerGO

Cancer is a devastating illness that affects not only the physical health of an individual but also their mental health. The diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming, causing feelings of fear, anxiety, and depression. The treatment process can also be grueling, causing additional stress, exhaustion, and feelings of hopelessness.

While medical treatment is essential for physically combating cancer, it is equally important to address the mental health needs of patients during this time. Unfortunately, traditional medical insurance plans often do not cover the cost of mental health services, making it difficult for patients to access the support they need.

Private support is a valuable alternative for cancer patients, and their caregivers, seeking mental health benefits during treatment. Remote support can come in many forms, including counseling services, support groups, or even individualized coaching and mentorship. The benefits of private support are numerous and can include the following:

  1. Personalized attention and care – Private support provides individualized attention and care tailored to the specific needs of the patient. This can be particularly beneficial for patients who may feel too overwhelmed to participate in a group setting or who may require specialized care.  
  2. Confidentiality – Private support offers a confidential space for patients to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without fear of judgment or stigma. This can be especially important for patients who may feel embarrassed or ashamed of their emotional struggles.
  3. Flexibility – Private support is often more flexible than traditional medical treatments, allowing patients to choose when and where they receive care. This can be particularly beneficial for patients who may have difficulty accessing traditional care due to distance or scheduling conflicts.
  4. Improved mental health outcomes – Studies have shown that private support can significantly improve mental health outcomes for cancer patients, including reduced anxiety, depression, and stress. This can be especially important for patients who are struggling to cope with the emotional impact of their diagnosis and treatment.

 

Private support is a valuable resource for cancer patients seeking mental health support during, or after, treatment. Whether through counseling services, support groups, or individualized coaching and mentorship with a qualified professional, private support offers a confidential and personalized space for patients to address their emotional needs and improve their mental health outcomes. If you or a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis, consider acquiring private support options as a complementary approach to traditional medical treatment.

 

Jenni Daniel BSN, RN
Jenni Daniel BSN, RN
Jenni Daniel has years of experience as an oncology nurse who is committed to supporting cancer patients and caregivers during one of the most challenging journeys of their life. Driven by her personal experiences she takes pride in providing support, education, and teaching the importance of self advocacy during healthcare encounters. As a Bachelors prepared nurse her goals include normalizing the conversations around cancer, helping people manage side effects from treatment, and supporting the mental health of people affected by this disease. By working virtually she is able to support people in over 37 states, and encourages compliance with providers’ recommendations. She has a passion to calm the fears and trauma caused by a cancer diagnosis, providing a safe place to heal and restore, using practical advice, encouragement, support, and even humor and accountability to make the journey less overwhelming. She provides education to understand what is happening to the physical body, while maintaining focus on mindset and keeping mental health a priority during each encounter.

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