“Cancer” may be one of the most frightening words in the medical world. A person’s life changes suddenly and profoundly after cancer is diagnosed. Before cancer treatment starts, a patient has to go through many emotional and mental challenges. Sometimes after cancer is diagnosed, the patient goes into the depressing phase, which is not a good sign for the patient and their good wishes. Because in the life of a person many more people are associated with him. In the journey of cancer, not only a person struggles, but the people living around him or his family also struggle with him. It is advised that the patient take control of the situation as soon as possible because positive behaviour plays an immense role in curing any disease.
After being diagnosed with cancer, a person should follow some essential steps that will be going to make their cancer journey easier for them-
- The first and the most crucial step in the cancer journey should be that a person should never try to go through the whole process alone; this is not only for cancer but also for any disease. Pick one partner from family or friend with whom you can talk openly about serious issues.
- After you diagnosed with cancer, try to get as much knowledge about your cancer like –
- What type of cancer do you have?
- Where is cancer?
- Has it spread?
- Can your cancer be treated?
- What is the chance that cancer can be cured?
- What other tests or procedures do you need?
- What are the treatment options?
- How will the treatment benefit you?
- What can you expect during treatment?
- What are the after-effects of the treatment?
- When should you call the doctor?
- What can you do to prevent your cancer from recurring?
- How likely are your children or other family members to get cancer?
- Start getting organized, prepare a diary to make a record of your treatments, appointments with the doctor and descriptions of test reports.
- Always Considered a second opinion. In cancer treatment, different doctors have different theories and approaches. Go with that option, and you feel more confident about your treatment plan.
- To make a decision, you will need to understand your cancer treatment options, which could include:
- Surgery (an operation to remove cancer)
- Chemotherapy (using anticancer medication)
- Radiation therapy (using high-energy radiations to kill cancer cells in the body)
- Immunotherapy (using the products of the immune system as medicine)
- Get all the information’s related to the side effects, duration etc., about the treatment.
Prepare yourself for possible physical changes:
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Ask your doctor whether you can continue your routine and how treatment will impact your daily activities. Possibly You have to spend time in the hospital, or you have to visit frequently for medical appointments. And If your treatment requires a leave of absence from your regular duties, make arrangements for that also.
Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle:
Choose a healthy routine consisting of a variety of healthy foods which helps you feel good from the inside and get adequate rest to help you manage the stress and fatigue of cancer treatment. These changes can improve your energy level.
Exercise and participating in enjoyable activities also help you to feel better. A study suggests that people who maintain some physical exercise during treatment cope better and may live longer.
Also, try to maintain your everyday lifestyle, but be open to making necessary changes when required. During stressful times people mostly overlook such a simple strategy which will mark a significant difference in life. When the future is unsure, planning and organizing may suddenly seem overwhelming.
Try to talk to cancer survivors:
The cancer survivors stories give a ray of hope to all the patients suffering the same situation. Sometimes it will feel like the people you share your thoughts with, who haven’t experienced a cancer diagnosis, can’t fully understand what you are going through. It is always helpful to talk to people who have been in your situation before. The cancer survivors can share their experiences and give you insight into what you can expect during treatment.
You can connect with cancer survivors through cancer support groups. Consult your doctor about cancer support groups in your locality or contact your local Cancer Society. Online message boards also bring cancer survivors together. Start with the Cancer Society’s and connects with Cancer Survivors Network.
Cancer is a disease that affects a person not only physically and mentally but also financially. Everyone should keep in mind the potential financial impact of cancer treatment. Insurance makes a big difference in cancer care. If you have insurance, read your plan carefully and talk to your provider about your cancer diagnosis. If you don’t have insurance, try to enrol in insurance.