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Distress: Common Side Effect

Suzanne M. Mahon
Ellen Carr
CJON 2021, 25(6), 24 DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.S2.24

Distress is a multifactorial and unpleasant emotional experience of a psychological (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, emotional), social, and/or spiritual nature that can interfere with the ability to effectively cope with a cancer diagnosis, physical symptoms and treatment, and long-term consequences of treatment. All patients are expected to experience some level of distress at some point in the cancer trajectory.

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