NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Distress, Version 1.2017
Have you received help?
Questions to ask
Mental health services
1. What’s the difference between the different types of mental health providers?
2. What’s your expertise?
3. What are you testing me for? How long does testing take?
4. How will psychoeducation help me?
5. Will psychiatric medicine affect my cancer treatment? How long until the medicine works? What
are the side effects of psychiatric medicine? How long do I need to take psychiatric medicine?
6. How does talk therapy help with distress? How do I choose a therapist?
7. Is there proof that complementary therapy or exercise helps distress?