NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Distress, Version 1.2017
How distressed are you?
distressed 3 months later. Better management
of distress in turn improves self-care and health
. 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.
Survivor, Non-Small Cell Lung