Psychiatry is a branch of medicine focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Chicago, our psychiatrists work with patients to navigate the emotions and stress that may be caused by a cancer diagnosis. Patients at our hospital located just north of Chicago may be referred to a psychiatrist for unexpected symptoms, such as stress or panic attacks. Some patients may qualify for therapy for a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, fear or substance abuse.
Psychological distress is a common side effect for patients dealing with a cancer diagnosis. The distress may be mild or more severe, depending on many issues. At our hospital in Chicago, your care team will work with you to determine whether psychiatric services may help you address mental or emotional struggles that may have an impact on your inner strength and your quality of life.
The psychiatrists at our Chicago hospital are licensed doctors trained to evaluate and treat mental and emotional challenges, using a number of therapeutic options and tools. At our cancer center in Zion, Illinois, we use a range of approaches to help you manage cancer-related side effects. Our psychiatrists may prescribe medications to treat depression or anxiety, or they may employ other tools to help you combat insomnia or loss of appetite. Family counseling is also offered at our hospital in Chicago, affording patients and their family members an opportunity to share their feelings and build a positive support system for one another.
The psychiatrists at our Illinois cancer center are an important part of the CTCA® integrative care approach, designed to help you manage cancer-related mental and emotional symptoms and keep you strong so you are better able to continue treatment.