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How psychology can help you

Clinical psychologist in office

The Cancer Psychology Service is concerned with understanding and treating the psychological, emotional, quality-of-life and functional aspects of cancer. We work with every stage of cancer from prevention to recovery/post-treatment, bereavement and survivorship. Many people find the cancer experience very distressing. Psychological skills and strategies are important resources to help deal with your distress. You can improve your coping abilities by using psychological techniques to:

  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Manage stress levels
  • Reduce physical symptoms like pain, anticipatory nausea and panic attacks
  • Recognise and address fears, anxiety or depression
  • Improve relationship skills
  • Build support networks
  • Improve self-esteem and self-image
  • Find information or decrease information overload
  • Help with meaning, purpose, wairua and spiritual concerns.