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Psychosocial Support

When a child goes through cancer treatment, finding their new sense of identity can be even more difficult than that of an adult because children don’t have the life experiences to lean-on.
At the Life Clinic, our staff has specific training in the psychology of pediatric cancer to help childhood cancer survivor’s transition from a world of hospitals and doctors, back into home life, school and their communities.

Age is a big factor. Our youngest patients are just beginning to learn how to follow rules and control their emotions.

Some cancer treatments can affect how they learn these behaviors while adolescents are in the process of learning how to gain some independence. They can experience mood problems, like depression during and after their cancer treatments.

At the Life Clinic, we can help sort out these issues  -- teaching the littlest cancer survivors the skills they need to succeed in their social and academic environments to providing coaching on problem solving, attention issues, getting organized and planning out a day with less stress for older survivors.

We also help patients deal with the effects of anxiety and pain that can occur during and after treatment. These include relaxation strategies like biofeedback, deep breathing and imagery exercises that supplement medical intervention.

Cancer treatments can last many years and each patient makes their transition out of treatment, at their own speed. At the Life Clinic, we make sure survivors have the support they need.