My personal Viewpoint – Things To Do When Cancer Is Detected
Prior to treatment, ask questions about the physical changes that you can expect. Knowing what to expect will help you go through the process. If you will be experiencing hair loss, talk with other patients to get recommendations about makeup and wigs so that you will be prepared when the time comes.
If you have a family member suffering from cancer, make it a point not to let their disease become a factor in how you treat them. Cancer patients need to know that you care, and feel positive vibes from you for the sake of their recovery. Negative vibes can make them feel feel bad or guilty.
If someone in your life is diagnosed with cancer, it might feel like someone has died. Although many forms of cancer are terminal, you should focus more on life – not death. It is not uncommon for cancer patients to live for many years after the initial diagnosis. Be brave and continue to fight. Remember that your life actually hangs in the balance here, so determination to never yield a centimeter of ground is the resolve that gives you the best odds at surviving. Seal any decks or playground equipment that was built before 2005. A lot of these items that are built from wood have arsenic pesticide in them. When you seal these up you can minimize exposure to potential cancer-causing agents.
Make sure you protect your skin so that you do not get skin cancer. Even if it’s not sunny outside, you’re still exposing your skin to dangerous ultraviolet rays if you don’t wear sunscreen or otherwise protect your skin from the sun. Don’t fear some uncomfortable moments if you require screening for breast cancer. The discomfort is very temporary, usually lasting only a few minutes. Don’t let the fear or discomfort of a screening sway you from something that can spare you your breasts and even your life.
It’s important to find your voice and state your needs, wants and feelings clearly. Sometimes you may choose to answer difficult questions so that others can understand what you’re going through, while other times you may need to set limits on what you will talk about and stick to them. Many people still hold outdated opinions on cancer and may question your ability to do your job or think that they can “catch” something from you. Think about how you need to respond to questions prior to being faced with them in public. This can help you with your treatment.
When you have cancer, consider bringing your electronics into your bedroom. You may have previously used your bedroom for sleeping purposes only, but right now is a good time to change that for the time being. You will most likely be in bed for a long time during cancer treatment. This may provide some distraction during your recovery, and make the time pass more quickly. Don’t drive yourself to your doctor’s appointments if you have cancer. Aside from the stress, having a driver is simply safer because cancer treatments can impair your mobility and reaction time while behind the wheel. Think of your safety first and allow others to take over the chore of driving.
Although screening for breast cancer can cause some slight discomfort, don’t let this keep you from being screened. Any discomfort that you feel will only last a couple of minutes. What could happen is that you can find breast cancer in it’s early stages, which in turn can eradicate if for good which can allow you to live a more comfortable life later on. Ask questions if you go to the doctor with a family member. Your loved one will appreciate the second set of ears to listen to answers to their questions as well as to the ones you have.
Keeping your body weight within a healthy range may help to prevent the development of some types of cancer. Anyone obese or simply overweight is at high risk for both cancer and a number of other health problems. If you do struggle with your weight, work with a doctor to develop a plan for achieving a healthier weight. If your weight is already healthy, continue to maintain it with a nutritious diet and exercise plan.
If you are close to someone who has cancer, you should remember how important it is to continue to treat him or her the same as before. Positive energy is what a cancer patient needs right now, negativity will only lead to self-pity, and possibly even a defeatist attitude.