It is quite usual to experience stress, worry and concerns as a result of your diagnosis or treatment. Having cancer may lead people to experience one or more of the following:
- uncertainty about the future
- adjustment difficulties
- family communication problems
- relationship and sexual difficulties
- changes in body image
- decision-making difficulties
- challenges balancing illness and treatment alongside the demands of life.
Some people can find it helpful to discuss their feelings, needs and concerns in a confidential space with a clinician experienced in helping adults and those close to them.
People have a range of needs and our service provides the following types of psychological support: art therapy, counselling, psychiatry, psychology and psychosexual therapy.
Our psychological support service offers:
- individual sessions on a one-to-one basis
- sessions for you together with a partner, relative or carer
- telephone-based sessions if you are unable to attend
- family sessions to support children where a parent has cancer.
You can be referred to the Adult Psychological Support Service by any member of your Royal Marsden health care team. Alternatively, you can self-refer by contacting the department and asking for a self-referral form. We are able to provide psychological support to people up to two years following their active cancer treatment. Thereafter people may be able to access local psychological services via their GP or self-referral to IAPT Services
Chelsea – Psychological Care: 020 7808 2777
Sutton – Psychological Care: 020 8661 3006