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- Offer information about support groups or pastoral care
- Tell the patient that he will feel better if he talks about it
- Offer to have the physician talk with the patient about his diagnosis
- Explain that the patient most likely needs antidepressants to get him through this time
A patient who has been diagnosed with cancer may be experiencing many emotions, including anxiety, frustration, anger, and grief. A patient who is anxious but who does not necessarily want to talk may benefit from receiving resources to meet with others who are experiencing similar situations. A patient may also appreciate talking to a pastor or spiritual advisor if he does not wish to talk to anyone else.
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