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Psycho-Oncology Service

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be very distressing for anyone to deal with. It is not unusual to experience a range of emotions at the time of diagnosis and throughout the cancer journey. This can include shock, anger, worry, sadness, and uncertainty.

As part of care in the Mercy University Hospital (MUH), we believe it is important that people with cancer and their loved ones have the opportunity to address concerns regarding their illness and treatment. The Psycho-oncology Service at MUH consists of a Clinical Psychologist who provides assessment and supportive interventions to cancer patients and their families.

Please see Psycho-Oncology information leaflets available on oncology/haematology wards for further information.

Video Series- Adult Oncology

The psychological impact of cancer

In this video Dr Tara Houlihan talks about how a diagnosis of cancer can affect a patient’s psychological well-being- for example how it can change how you feel, think and behave and other changes you might notice after hearing the news. This video is suitable for adults with a cancer diagnosis who attend the oncology department at MUH.

Coping with a cancer diagnosis

In this video Dr Tara Houlihan offers techniques that often help patients cope with the stresses caused by cancer and can promote your well-being. This video is suitable for adults with a cancer diagnosis who attend the oncology department at MUH.

How to access the service

Please discuss your interest in attending the Psycho-oncology Service with your consultant or medical team who can then refer you.

If you, or those close to you, have any serious concerns about your mental health or feel you need immediate and/or crisis support it is advised that you attend your GP or local A&E

Psychological Impact of Cancer