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A diagnosis of a blood cancer will have a high emotional and physical impact. Anxiety can be overwhelming at times, and initially many people feel a sense of loss of control and uncertainty about the future. It is important that you talk about how you feel with someone you trust or feel comfortable with. This might be a friend or relative or it might be your doctor or nurse. Information can often help to take away the fear of the unknown.

The best source of information is often your doctor or nurse. He or she has the most information about your particular circumstances and should be able to give you the most accurate information about your prognosis or treatment. Some people find it useful to talk with other patients or their family members who understand the different feelings and issues that may come up for people living with cancer.

Anxiety and depression

If you are feeling anxious, down or sad most of the time, it is important that you speak to someone like your doctor and the other health professionals caring for you. These people are concerned about both your physical and mental health and will be able to suggest ways to help you and your family gain a stronger sense of control in the present situation.

You may benefit by talking with a counsellor or another mental health professional who can assist you to identify and use healthy coping mechanisms at this time. Counselling and anti-depressant drugs can also be very useful for some people.

It is worth remembering that most people feel very tired and fatigued during and for some time after their treatment. Feelings of tiredness and fatigue can contribute to feeling anxious and depressed. Try to maintain a manageable daily routine, and set yourself some realistic goals for each day and for the future.

 

Last updated on August 22nd, 2019

Developed by the Leukaemia Foundation in consultation with people living with a blood cancer, Leukaemia Foundation support staff, haematology nursing staff and/or Australian clinical haematologists. This content is provided for information purposes only and we urge you to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis, treatment and answers to your medical questions, including the suitability of a particular therapy, service, product or treatment in your circumstances. The Leukaemia Foundation shall not bear any liability for any person relying on the materials contained on this website.