A diagnosis of cancer and the challenges that a treatment program presents can lead to distress for patients, family members and friends. Some may experience periods of anxiety, depression, fear, guilt or anger that may affect life roles, self image and overall quality of life.
The PsychOncology Program at the U-M Cancer Center is devoted to relieving the numerous negative social and psychological effects of the disease. The Program is comprised of staff from a number of U-M departments, all specializing in helping people face the emotional issues unique to cancer.
The Cancer Center's PsychOncology staff provides services including education, support and counseling assistance to address the social, emotional and spiritual needs associated with cancer. Specialists include social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, child and family life therapists, nurses, art therapists and complementary therapy professionals. For more information, please visit the Complementary Therapies web pages.
In addition there is the PsychOncology clinic, where coping and support services are offered by our social work staff in the clinics of the Cancer Center. Social workers assist patients and their families in coping with the impact of cancer. They can provide counseling on a short-term basis, and can supply referrals to resources at U-M and in the community.
Education is offered regarding the emotional side of cancer. Print and audiovisual materials are available through the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC). Instructional programs are also hosted at the Cancer Center on a variety of topics including parenting with cancer, grief and loss issues and handling the holidays.
To learn more about educational materials or upcoming programs, visit Events page.