Some people who are having trouble coping don’t necessarily want to seek professional help. However, talking to a health professional about how you are feeling doesn’t mean you are ‘crazy’ or weak. It’s normal — just like it’s normal to seek professional help for an injury or pain.

Some people find that after talking with their doctor they feel they can manage on their own or with their family’s support — and that’s fine too. Others find it helpful to talk to someone who has been through a similar situation, for example through a support group or peer support.

The main thing is for people with cancer to be aware of their reactions to stressful events and any changes in mood, feelings and energy levels. If things change down the track, some professional support may be helpful.