This video series, Patient–Provider Communication: Improving the Mental Health of Cancer Survivors, focuses on mental health issues that patients experience during and after cancer treatment, and how their health care providers can help them.
Psychosocial Distress Screening
Learn about tools that health care providers can use to conduct distress screening with cancer survivors from Dr. Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, a clinical health psychologist in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
For a patient, having a care team that works in a coordinated, informed way is key to his or her treatment and follow-up care after treatment. Oncologist Dr. Tonya Echols Cole speaks with pediatric cancer survivor Amelia Ballard about the importance of her medical team’s coordinated follow up care.
Adjusting to a “New Normal” After Cancer Treatment
Cancer survivor Mari Brick talks to oncologist Dr. Tonya Echols about what it was like for her to adjust to life after cancer treatment.
Post-Treatment Neurocognitive Challenges
“Chemo brain” is a phrase often used to refer to cognitive impairments like problems with learning, language, concentration, and memory during and after cancer treatment. Amelia Ballard, a cancer survivor, discusses how she was affected by some of these side effects of cancer treatment with Dr. Lynne Padgett, a clinical health psychologist.
Stigma and Culturally Appropriate Conversations
For some cancer survivors, talking about mental health challenges is more difficult than talking about physical health concerns. Clinical health psychologist Dr. Lynne Padgett and cancer survivor Reverend Dr. James Brewer-Calvert discuss how cultural beliefs, worries about stigma, and negative attitudes about mental health can all play a role in how difficult these discussions can be.
Mental Health Stigma
Cancer survivor Brock Lamont shares his experience with talking about mental health issues with his health care providers with Dr. Lynne Padgett, a clinical health psychologist.