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EveryBody Has a Story

Cancer patients tell their stories their way – the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly.
The physical changes most cancer patients experience can also have an impact on their body image and mental health. To better understand these impacts, Texas Oncology surveyed current and former cancer patients to help raise awareness and spark a conversation that brings greater understanding and validation to the physical, mental, and emotional experience of fighting cancer.
Cancer can make patients feel isolated or alone, but having a strong support system can have a positive impact on their mental and emotional health. If a patient or someone they know is struggling with self-acceptance and/or other negative thoughts, feelings, or emotions, Texas Oncology encourages anyone affected by cancer to consult with their physician and care team for help.
The resources below can provide patients, caregivers, and providers with important and helpful information on how to address and manage the toll of cancer on one’s body image and mental health.

Guided Meditations

From feelings of anxiety and depression to fear about the symptoms and side effects of treatment — a patient's experience can feel like an emotional roller coaster.

Meditation, often used alongside standard treatment, may offer patients a form of relief while navigating the challenges of cancer. This integrative approach addresses the body, mind, and spirit, with an emphasis on treating the whole person. Meditation is a practice many people can partake in, and evidence has found it can benefit one's overall health and well-being.

Texas Oncology's series of guided meditations is led by our social work team to help everyone feel supported and reassured throughout their cancer experience. Listen to the series below or on streaming platforms and share with a loved one who's been impacted by cancer.

"Gratitude" with Breana Mobley, LMSW

"Working Through a Cancer Diagnosis" with Jackie Castillo, LCSW

"Support" with Jackie Castillo, LCSW

"Apoyo" with Jackie Castillo, LCSW

"Scan or Visit Anxiety" with Stephanie Broussard, LCSW-S, APHSW-C

"Connecting With Your Body" with Penny DeCou, LCSW

Journal Prompts

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The word "cancer" can elicit a whole host of emotions – from fear, sadness, anger, anxiety, and grief. When and how one processes their emotions is important.

The practice of journaling can offer patients seeking a safe, private space to capture and reminisce on any thoughts, feelings, challenges, and milestones they may experience throughout treatment. There is no right or wrong way – the simple act of writing can be transformative for anyone managing the mental and emotional impact of cancer.

Don't know where to begin putting pen to paper? Texas Oncology now offers a bundle of journal prompts created by our social work team to help guide personal in-depth reflections on a variety of mental health and cancer topics. Click the downloadable print PDFs to begin journaling about your or a loved one's experience.