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Managing emotional changes during cervical cancer

The emotional impact of living with cervical cancer can be significant. Sometimes talking to family and friends isn't enough. You may want to talk to other people, such as:

  • nurses - support and assist you through all stages of your treatment
  • social worker, physiotherapist and occupational therapist - link you to support services and help you to resume normal activities
  • psychologist and psychiatrist - talk with you and your family about your worries. They can help you figure out what upsets you and teach you ways to cope with these feelings. Psychiatrists can prescribe drugs if you are depressed
  • support group - offers support and information to people with cancer
  • pastoral care worker - helps you explore spiritual concerns
  • tele-counselling - support group meetings that take place by telephone.

This type of emotional disruption can sometimes trigger depression. Signs that you may be depressed include:

  • feeling down or hopeless during the past month
  • no longer taking pleasure in the things that you enjoy.

Contact your doctor for advice if you think that you may be depressed.

There are a range of effective treatments for depression, including antidepressant medication and talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Sources: Cancer Australia (Living with cervical cancer), NHS Choices, UK (Cervical cancer)

Last reviewed: October 2015

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