When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it can seem everyone is focused, and rightly so, on that person’s physical well-being: treatments, side effects, doctor’s visits, tests. But we know there are other parts of life affected by cancer: self-image, work, family, friendships, and your approach to living. Oncology social workers understand these complex issues raised by cancer.

This booklet, based on CancerCare’s online column “Ask CancerCare,” presents a sampling of the many issues CancerCare’s oncology social workers help people address every day. We hope this information will encourage you to contact us for support with any concerns you may be facing related to your or your loved one’s cancer.