Pheochromocytoma support groups can help people cope with the emotional and practical challenges that may result from having such a tumor. In these groups, patients and their family members get together to share what they have learned about coping with symptoms related to the tumor and the effects of pheochromocytoma treatment. Other potential sources of support for people with pheochromocytoma include social workers, counselors and members of the clergy.
Living with a pheochromocytoma can be challenging. Some people find they need help coping with the emotional and practical aspects of the tumor and the symptoms it may cause.
Pheochromocytoma support groups can help. In these groups, patients and their family members get together to share what they have learned about coping with symptoms related to the tumor and the effects of pheochromocytoma treatment. Patients may want to talk with a member of their healthcare team about finding a pheochromocytoma support group. Pheochromocytoma support groups may offer support in person, over the telephone, or on the Internet.
Concerns about pheochromocytoma treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team can answer pheochromocytoma questions about treatment or other activities.
Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to those who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest resources for financial aid, transportation, home care, or emotional support.