How Do I Know if My Emotions are Normal? Advocating for Mental Health Support in Cancer Care

Renee Drolet, MD, MA lectures about the field of psycho-oncology, so patients can advocate for their mental health care needs that may arise at any part along their cancer journey.


Target Audience: This lecture is for women affected by cancer (or physicians or other providers empowering women affected by cancer).

Learning objectives:

  1. Attendees will understand the definition of psycho-oncology or psychosocial oncology, and be able to identify the broad range of disciplines available for mental health support within this specialty mental health field
  2. Attendees will understand and acknowledge the wide range of normal emotional responses during challenging points along an individual’s journey with cancer, from pre-diagnosis through remission and ongoing survivorship
  3. Attendees will be able to identify the elements of distress that warrant further mental health evaluation and supports
  4. Attendees will be able to recognize some of the common mental health issues that may arise or worsen with a cancer diagnosis and treatment
  5. Attendees will begin to understand some of the overlap between common physical symptoms, such as fatigue and cognitive challenges, and mental health or emotional distress
  6. Attendees will know whom to reach out to for additional mental health support in cancer care

(This lecture is part of our Empowering Women In The Face Of Cancer: Navigating The Path Forward)

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Renee Drolet, MD, MA

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