When you think of someone suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may picture a soldier home from deployment. But researchers found cancer patients may also suffer from PTSD. After all, a cancer diagnosis is traumatic. Your life flashes before your eyes. Doctors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America say regardless of whether it’s PTSD, persistent stress, if left alone, may hinder a patient’s ability to handle treatment and fight off the disease.

Read more about their advice for surviving physically as well as emotionally.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-informed supportive therapies designed to help patients physically and emotionally by enhancing their quality of life while managing side effects both during and after treatment.  Stay up to date on all things CTCA! Be sure to follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitterPinterestLinkedIn and YouTube or call 1-800-227-3207 for more information.

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  • I was very positive and upbeat through my treatment. From the moment I had a cancer diagnosis I considered myself a survivor. I never asked why me, after all why not me. I knew I would do whatever it would take to be a survivor. It was a full year after my treatment was done that I went into a depression. Something so out of my personality turned my world upside down. Not only was I always a positive outlook person, even when life gave me lemons I turned it into lemonade, but I also had a degree in psychology so I not only had all the tools I knew what to do with them. No one prepares you the your new normal will be different. I didn’t like my new self and this was something I had never felt. I put myself right into therapy and what came to light was I now suffered from PTSD. It was a long couple of years, but with a lot of therapy I was able to get out of my depression. I may have a moment every now and then but it’s just a moment. I’ve mourned the loss of my old self and my “new normal” is just that and I’m OK with her. Thank you Cancer Treatments of America for enlightening people about PTSD for cancer patients.

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