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Coping with a cancer diagnosis

Tips from a clinical psychologist for processing the news

Post Date:February 03, 2023 6:30 AM

Hearing a doctor say, “You have cancer” is a pivotal moment in anyone’s life. Anxiety, fear and disbelief surge as the mind goes blank.

What does this mean? What happens now? Will I survive?

“Cancer is a scary word to many in that its implications are really varied,” says Elizabeth Cleary, PhD, a clinical psychologist with the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

Dr. Cleary offers the following guidance for how to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Click here to read the full UCLA Health story.

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