The Psychological Circle of Demand
during Treatment

Recognising the psychological demands that show up for you will enable you to make choices that help improve your ability to manage your psychological wellbeing during treatment.

For example, if limited information about your treatment is troubling you, it may be helpful to seek further information from health professionals involved in your care about any questions or concerns you may have.

  • Seek information from health professionals involved in your care
  • Ask any questions you may have about your treatment
  • Share any concerns you may have

Psychological demand and possible management strategies

Information about treatment

  • Seek information from health professionals involved in your care
  • Ask any questions you may have about your treatment
  • Share any concerns you may have

Sense of control

Physical changes

Searching for meaning

  • Keep track of your thoughts and feelings using a diary or art form
  • Connect with your values and what matters most to you
  • Talk to others who have experienced cancer
  • A space to reflect and process your experience with a clinical psychologist or counsellor may be helpful
  • Create your own pace: You may find it easier to make sense of your experience and find meaning once your treatment is complete
  • Practice self-compassion

Finding support

Managing relationships

  • Let family and friends know what you need from them and what you do not want
  • Think about how you want to share information with friends and family
  • Let the health professionals caring for you know if you have any questions, concerns or preferences

Intense feelings

You may be able to predict some of the challenges you are likely to experience during treatment.

Psychological preparation for treatment may help you to identify ways to manage and promote your psychological wellbeing during treatment. As with any form of preparation,
it is impossible to predict the course of treatment and what you may find challenging.

Further support and help:

The advice on these pages is designed to help you prepare for the treatment ahead and support you through to recovery.

If you need further advice and support please discuss this with your key worker or healthcare professional.

  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Cancer support line:
    02920 745655  (9:00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm)
  • Macmillan Cancer Support:
    0808 808 00 00
  • Maggie’s Cardiff:
    029 2240 8024
  • Tenovus Cancer Care:
    0808 808 1010
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