Late effects from cancer are not just physical. Cancer survivors can also experience emotional or psychosocial side effects. These types of side effects can sometimes make you feel isolated, depressed, anxious, and maybe even angry. These feelings may arise due to missing out on significant experiences during childhood, such as dating, progressing in school, or hanging out with friends. If these feelings persist they can lead to a decline in quality of life. It is important to remember that you are not alone! There are pediatric cancer survivors around the world who have had experiences similar to yours. And there are health care professionals that specialize in helping survivors have a better quality of life. Below are some resources for survivors that experience emotional and psychosocial effects of cancer.
- American Cancer Society: Cancer Survivors Network
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: Cancer.net
- National Children's Brain Tumor Foundation
- LIVESTRONG: Learn About Cancer
Support for Your Friends & Family
Those who care about you may also have a hard time transitioning from you being a cancer patient to a cancer survivor. Fortunately, there are organizations that offer support for friends and families of cancer survivors: