Behavioral Oncology Program

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For many, a cancer diagnosis can bring about a wide range of emotions, including sadness, fear and worries about the unknown.

The Norton Cancer Institute Behavioral Oncology Program is staffed by a team trained and equipped to care for the emotional and mental health needs of patients and their families.

Norton Cancer Institute is one of few oncology programs nationwide offering a robust program for mental and emotional health needs.

Cancer-related distress may include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed to the point of panic
  • Feeling so sad that you cannot go through treatment
  • Increased irritability and anger
  • Inability to cope with pain, fatigue or nausea
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, uselessness, hopelessness or helplessness
  • Constant thoughts of cancer and/or death
  • Loss of enjoyment in activities

Treatments and Services

Our behavioral oncologists offer full diagnostic assessments, treatment and ongoing follow-up care, in a setting that best suits you and your family:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Pharmacological management

Issues we may address through the program include:

  • Anxiety and uncertainty about disease state and prognosis
  • Coping with changes in body image and functioning
  • Communication with family members and others
  • Dealing with mood changes
  • Management of insomnia, fatigue and nausea

If you or someone you know is coping with cancer and would like to know more about how our Behavioral Oncology Program can help, call (502) 899-COPE (2673).

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