For many, the diagnosis of cancer is a major emotional catastrophe; for others, it is yet one difficulty to overcome in the midst of other social iniquities and disadvantages. Some may see their cancer as a challenge, offering an opportunity to completely reappraise attitudes to relationships, work, and life in general. Many people display extraordinary courage, resilience, and fortitude during the course of their illness, while others find that it exposes or magnifies the limits of their ability to cope. The doctor can do much to prevent or ameliorate their burden by good communication and preparedness to discuss psychosocial concerns.
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