You may be an extraordinarily good coper or you may find you have trouble just making it through some days. Either way, coping with cancer taxes you to the maximum. I believe you can benefit from knowing about the types of psychological help that are available and trying those that appeal to you.
-Jimmie C. Holland, M.D.
From "The Human Side of Cancer," by Jimmie C. Holland, M.D. and Sheldon Lewis:
I recommend that you find a therapist or counselor who has experience in treating people with cancer. The psychological problems you face have a sense of urgency not associated with other conditions. The urgency comes from the fact that you are facing a threat to your life. Ideally, your counselor should have worked with oncology teams in the hospital or office and should know about cancer prognoses, treatments, and side effects. For example, fatigue can be caused by cancer or its treatment. It can also be caused by depression. Your therapist has to be able to recognize the difference, perhaps with the help of consultation with the medical team.