Dealing With the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis: Tips and Coping ...

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In this video, we discuss the range of emotions that one may experience when initially diagnosed with cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is always a traumatic moment, a deeply distressing and disturbing experience. That moment of diagnosis becomes one that we never forget. Even the days and weeks following are difficult and it’s hard to think clearly. One is thrown into a world that is completely foreign and hard decisions will need to be made with limited information. This video covers some of the issues that may arise and some useful tips to help the newly diagnosed.


"What made a difference for me was getting cognitive behaviour therapy and medication so that I could break the fear and anxiety that was holding me back and affecting my outlook."


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