Contributed by Stephen Rowley
In a study, it was found that a significant percentage of people diagnosed with cancer would benefit from professional psychological support. From 25% upto 50% for stage IV diagnoses. It is suspected that everyone in the stage 4 category would benefit from it.
The impact of a cancer diagnosis alone is would be a shock to anyone and many people fear the worst.
Treatment for cancer can be a long process. There are many points along the way when anxiety can become a major issue. Particularly in the first stage between diagnoses and the start of treatment.
This is recognised. Many hospitals have psychologists and psychotherapists within their cancer departments. During your early assessments after diagnosis, the colorectal nurse specialists would normally ask about how you are coping mentally and can refer you to the pschologist.
All NHS trusts should be able to provide cancer services through IAPT.
Improved Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT)
You should not have to go onto a long waiting list for IAPT.
In some parts of the country Cancer Prehab (prehabilitation) services are available for anyone diagnosed with cancer to help them prepare for treatment. These services normally include support for your mental health