Living with Leukemia

Living with a serious disease such as leukemia is not easy. Some people find that after a leukemia diagnosis, they need help coping with the emotional and practical aspects of their disease. Leukemia support groups can help. In leukemia support groups, patients or their family members get together to share what they have learned about coping with the disease and the effects of their leukemia treatment. Patients may want to talk with a member of their health care team about finding a leukemia support group or leukemia organization. Groups may offer support in person, over the telephone, or on the Internet.

People living with cancer may worry about caring for their families, keeping their jobs, or continuing daily activities. Concerns about leukemia treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about your leukemia treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to those who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest resources for financial aid, transportation, home care, or emotional support.

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