Seven Tips to Cope with Cancer Treatment

Seven Tips to Cope with Cancer Treatment

(ARA)-The uncertainties surrounding the cancer treatment process can leave many feeling anxious or even overwhelmed. The patient Web site of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), www.PLWC.org, recommends several steps people living with cancer can take to cope with their disease and maximize the quality of their lives during treatment.
1. Don't Go It Alone: It is important to understand your disease. During the initial visit, absorbing the news of a cancer diagnosis and its unfamiliar medical language may be difficult.
2. Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions: Studies show that people with cancer who are fully informed about their disease and treatment options usually tend to fare better and experience fewer side effects than those who simply follow doctors' orders.
3. Confront Your Anxieties: It can be helpful for patients to talk with their doctor about what aspects of the treatment process they find frightening.
4. Get Online: Turn to reliable resources online to learn about your specific cancer type and the treatment options available.
5. Address Side Effects Early On: There are more than 30 side effects associated with cancer treatment. The most common include constipation, fatigue, hair loss, nausea, and pain.
6. Get Organized: Getting organized also allows you to take the time necessary to make important decisions.
7. Don't Neglect Your Finances: Try to decide ahead of time how to adjust to your budget to deal with any loss of income resulting from less time at work, or expenses that are not covered by insurance.

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