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Spiritual care


Counseling can help you cope with the crisis of your illness and pain. Counselors provide emotional support while helping you adjust and cope. They help you build on your own strengths as well as develop new coping strategies.

Different counselors use different methods of treatment, some focusing more on specific thoughts, some on understanding emotions. Some may also include training in relaxation, distraction, or imagery.

Medical evidence shows that people with cancer who seek psychological support are better able to cope with both pain and the illness itself. Short-term counseling (as little as three or four sessions) is often enough.

Counseling should be particularly encouraged for people who become depressed from the pain or the illness, and for those with a history of emotional problems.

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