Cancer and Mental Health

Marni Amsellem, PhD

Hearing the words, “you have cancer” rattles your core, regardless of who you are. On this episode, Alicia and Lizette speak with Dr. Marni Amsellem, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with patients and caregivers who are adjusting to cancer and other health-related challenges and seeking to build their coping skills and resilience. Dr. Amsellem speaks about issues that are experienced by both newly diagnosed patients and patients who are further along in their survivorship. She addresses the individual differences regarding the way in which people seek information about their diagnosis, the rate of depression and anxiety amongst people with cancer and the importance of discussing mental and emotional health with one’s treatment team. Dr. Amsellem also touches on the cost of therapy and ways in which it could actually be more affordable than people realize.

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