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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Distress, Version 1.2017

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How distressed are you?

Screening benefits

distressed 3 months later. Better management

of distress in turn improves self-care and health

outcomes.

Improved self-care

. Treating distress makes it

easier to stay on track with your cancer treatment.

You will be less likely to miss doctor’s visits and

skip taking your medicines. In turn, you won’t feel

the need to call and visit your doctor more often.

Furthermore, it is easier to communicate with your

treatment team when not distressed.

Improved health outcomes

. Treating distress early

helps to prevent emotional problems from becoming

severe. You likely won’t be angry all the time or be

intensely angry. Severe anxiety and depression may

also be avoided. In addition to mental health, treating

distress may help your physical health. One study

suggests that decreasing distress may lead to better

survival for people with cancer.

You just can’t imagine how much fear

and anxiety builds up.

–Dan

Survivor, Non-Small Cell Lung

Cancer