For every patient, there is always an emotional toll they must go through during their cancer fight.
There are ups and downs and everything else in between before and after surgery and before, during and after treatment.
Like grief, there are different stages cancer patients go through. The stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance. Those stages are also prevalent in many cancer patients.
Depression is a common emotion that I see with patients, and it can happen at any time. Before surgery, during treatment and even months or years after treatment is over, it is not uncommon to see patients struggling with what is happening to their body.