NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Distress, Version 1.2017
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
Distress is very common among people with cancer.
Patients and those who support them—caregivers,
family, and friends—may find this book helpful. It may
help you talk with your cancer care team about your
distress and get help if needed.
Where should you start
is a good starting point to learn what distress
, the tools used to assess for distress
are described, and in
, the types of help for
distress are described.
to help you talk with your health care providers and
Does the whole book apply
This book includes information for many people.
Your cancer care team can point out what parts of
the book apply to you. They can also give you more
information. As you read through this book, it may
help to make a list of questions to ask your health
Help! What do the words
In this book, medical words are included. Some of
these words may be new to you. Don’t be shy to ask
your treatment team to explain a word or phrase that
you do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the text
or in the
. Acronyms are also defined when
first used and are in the
. Acronyms are
short words formed from the first letters of several
words. One example is CBT for