If you have just been diagnosed on cancer, you should focus on what you need to do to beat the disease. Fully research treatment and establish a strong support base, and read this article for tips on how to live with cancer.
For both patient and family, cancer can be very distressful. Because most forms of cancer are curable if caught early enough, it is important that you consult with as many professionals as you can as often as you can.
Exercise is always important, and this is true of you are in a cancer fight. Regular workouts will keep your blood moving through all areas of your body. When the blood is flowing at its optimum throughout your body, the cancer treatments can travel everywhere they need to.
Always have a voice for yourself and don’t be afraid to use it when you need to be heard. Plenty of people still live under false stereotypes of the “cancer patient”. They may think you are unable to perform your job or may be contagious, take this chance to prove them wrong. Think about how you are going to answer these questions ahead of time, and address any concerns immediately. You set the standard for how you want to be treated; the way you respond to these initial questions tells people how to handle you as a person with cancer.
If a loved one receives a diagnosis of cancer, make yourself available to them. Give your loved one a chance to express all of his deep feelings about his diagnosis and do your best to listen attentively. Try not to inject your own thoughts or opinions on them; allow them to just vent their own feelings without interruption.
The decision to stop smoking will greatly reduce your chance of developing emphysema, lung cancer and colon cancer. Any smoke that is inhaled moves carcinogens towards the colon, and tobacco has been known to make the colon polyps bigger. Just another reason to avoid smoking.
Everything you put into the fight against cancer is for the ultimate goal of survival. While physicians will do all they can to help you physically, a hospital isn’t always the best place to get the emotional support you need.