NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Distress, Version 1.2017
Distress is an unpleasant experience of a
mental, physical, social, or spiritual nature.
Everyone with cancer has some level of
distress at some point in time.
Distress may limit how well you function,
interfere with your health decisions and self-
care, and worsen your health.
You may be more likely to be distressed than
other people. Having uncontrolled symptoms,
money problems, a lack of support, and other
factors increases the likelihood for being
There will be times during your cancer journey
when being distressed is more likely. A change
in your health, treatment, or health providers
may lead to distress.
What is distress?
I worried how we would survive this
Survivor, Multiple Myeloma