It is typical for people with cancer and their loved ones to experience a range of emotions, including sadness, worry, fear, and anger. If emotional distress impacts your daily life and relationships, or makes it more difficult to participate in your cancer treatments, we have a team of providers available to help address your needs.
At the WVU Cancer Institute, the Psychosocial Oncology team, including psychiatrists and therapists, offers compassionate care and medical expertise. We are here to help you cope with emotional distress through cancer treatment and into survivorship.
Focuses of Mental Health Treatment
We can help with a variety of symptoms that are common during cancer treatment and in survivorship, including:
- Sadness and depression
- Feeling hopeless
- Difficulty coping
- Sleep problems
- Changes in thinking and behavior
- Caregiver support
At the WVU Cancer Institute, we work with you and your loved ones to understand all aspects of your cancer journey and develop a comprehensive plan for your care. We offer:
- Individual therapy — Talking with a trusted specialist may bring understanding and help you develop coping skills to foster good mental health.
- Support groups — Many people find it helpful to hear from others who have had similar experiences.
- Medication management — Psychiatrists are physicians who can assess whether medications might be helpful in managing your concerns.
- Caregiver support — You can only care for others if you are taking care of yourself first.
We are available to see people in-person at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center clinic. This allows us to work closely with the other members of your care team. Visits by video might be available in your area.
If you are interested in mental health services, please discuss this with your oncology team.