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Distress Management

Distress Management Services


Emotional distress is a common experience in cancer. Sadness, worry, anger, and isolation may occur throughout the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery process. 

At the Stephenson Cancer Center, we offer counseling, consultation, and medication management services to help patients and their adult family members better cope with distress. 

We help with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems.  While every individual reacts differently to the challenges of cancer and survivorship, common reasons to seek distress management assistance include:

Common Reasons to Seek Assistance

Loneliness and isolation
Loss of control
Anger and irritability
Worry, panic, and anxiety
Sadness and depression
Heavy alcohol or drug use
Loss of interest in most activities
Pulling away from friends and family
Sleep problems and fatigue
Thoughts of death or suicide 

How To Make An Appointment

Talk with your oncologist or nurse about a referral to Distress Management Services, or visit the Supportive Care Clinic on the second floor of the Stephenson Cancer Center to make an appointment.

Contact & Links


Contact Information

Clinic Appointments
P: (405) 271-4385
F: (405) 271-7229

Floor 2, Supportive Care Clinic
Stephenson Cancer Center
800 NE 10th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Clinic Hours

Monday through Friday
8 am to 5 pm

Educational Resources

American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute

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If you or a loved one are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Free, 24/7 support is also available from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255.


Supportive Care

The mission of the Supportive Care Program at the Stephenson Cancer Center is to restore and maintain the quality of life for people living with cancer and their families through the interdisciplinary delivery of expert symptom management, palliative care, health promotion and prevention interventions for the person diagnosed with cancer.

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