NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Myelodysplastic Syndromes

34 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Myelodysplastic Syndromes, 2018 4 Cancer treatments Immunomodulators | Targeted therapy Stress and symptom control Cancer and its treatments can cause bothersome symptoms. The stress of having cancer can also cause symptoms. There are ways to treat many symptoms, so tell your treatment team about any that you have. You may lose sleep before, during, and after treatment. Getting less sleep can affect your mood, conversations, and ability to do daily tasks. If possible, allow yourself to rest, let people do things for you, and talk with your doctor about sleep medication. Behavioral sleep medicine—a type of talk therapy—may also help. Feelings of anxiety and depression are common among people with cancer. At your cancer center, health care providers such as doctors, nurses, cancer navigators, social workers, and other experts can help. Help can include support groups, talk therapy, or medication. Some people also feel better by exercising, talking with loved ones, or relaxing. You may be unemployed or miss work during treatment. Or, you may have too little or no health insurance. Talk to your treatment team about work, insurance, or money problems. They will include information in the treatment plan to help you manage your finances and medical costs.