HomeSymptom ManagementDistress

Distress is recognized as a significant side effect of cancer and it’s treatment.  It has been defined by the NCCN as “a multifactorial unpleasant emotional experience of a psychological (cognitive, behavioral, emotional), social, and/or spiritual nature that may interfere with the ability to cope effectively with cancer, its physical symptoms and its treatment. Distress extends along a continuum, ranging from common normal feelings of vulnerability, sadness, and fears to problems that can become disabling, such as depression, anxiety, panic, social isolation, and existential and spiritual crisis.” Guidelines call for distress screening, monitoring, documentation and treatment at all stages of disease and in all settings.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network Distress Management Guidelines 

Alliance for Quality Psychosocial Cancer Care


American Psychosocial Oncology Society