A cancer diagnosis involves a continuum of different emotions for both the patient and family. For many a diagnosis is only the beginning of a roller coaster ride through a variety of stages; from treatment to recovery to post cancer care. Each of these stages elicits different reactions, both physical and emotional. Although most cancer patients and their families are all too familiar with the physical treatment and side effects, many forget that there are emotional elements that need to be addressed as well.
Cancer survivors face several obstacles following their diagnosis and treatment. Many of these can diminish a person’s quality of life whether it is physically, mentally, socially, or cognitively. When someone’s cognition or way of thinking, problem solving, or memory is affected it can be especially upsetting.