Clinical Oncology Program
Cancer impacts people and their families in many ways. The emotions related to cancer can vary from person to person and from one day to the next. It is common to feel worried, sad, angry, anxious, or isolated when affected by a serious illness. Many must grieve the loss of your health or of control in your life. At Jade, we provide comprehensive psychotherapy services to help you cope with the range of feelings you, and your loved ones may experience.
Clinicians at Jade will address the psychological, emotional, social and practical needs of patients and their loved ones specific to psychosocial oncology. We work with individuals, couples, families, and caregivers, in addition to offering group sessions for people who might benefit from interacting with others who have been through similar circumstances. These services will help patients and their families cope with the intricacies of cancer care.
Depression & Cancer
Cancer is a life-threatening and feared diagnosis, and is a source of great distress not only for patients but their families as well. Additionally, minor and major depression has been shown to have a strong impact on mortality rates for patients with cancer. A meta-analysis revealed that minor or major depression increases mortality rates by up to 39%, and that patients displaying even few depressive symptoms may be at a 25% increased risk of mortality. Additionally, the rate of depression in cancer patients is estimated to reach as high as three times the national average. (Satin JR, Linden W, Phillips MJ. Depression as a predictor of disease progression and mortality in cancer patients: a meta-analysis. Cancer. 2009;115:5349–5361. doi: 10.1002/cncr.24561. & Linden W, Vodermaier A, Mackenzie R, Greig D. Anxiety and depression after cancer diagnosis: prevalence rates by cancer type, gender, and age. J Affect Disord. 2012;141:343–351. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.03.025.)
We understand the difficulties a cancer diagnosis brings and how effective therapy can help reduce the rates of depression, both minor and major, to assist with treatment and improve quality of life after-treatment.
Cancer-Related Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS)
Cancer-related post-traumatic stress is similar to PTSD though not as severe and according to the National Cancer Institute, can occur at any point from diagnosis, through treatment, to after treatment. Parents of childhood cancer survivors can also struggled with PTS after treatment. NCI recognizes that while symptoms of post-traumatic stress usually begin within the first 3 months after the trauma, they sometimes do not appear for months or even years afterward treatment. Therefore, cancer survivors and their families need long-term monitoring.
Mental disorders affect the whole family.
Our counselors are here to help. Contact us today to learn more.