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Recently Diagnosed with Cancer

When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it can be one of the most stressful experiences of his/her life. They may feel that life is less predictable than before or may feel they are unable to look to the future as they become anxious about their health and built uncertainty of how to cope with life after treatment. Hence, when someone is newly diagnosed with cancer, he should know following things:

1. Choose the right hospital:

The main methods of treating cancer care are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. These treatments may be used alone or in combination. It is important to choose the hospital that provides multidisciplinary approach for treatment and hence exist all facilities including, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy under one roof. Multidisciplinary approach brings together a group of health professionals with appropriate skills; medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, surgeon, pathologists, nurses, counselors and other clinicians meet regularly to review each case and come up with the best possible treatment and care option for the patient. The team considers medical, physical and supportive care needs along with other factors that may affect the patient. Hence, the hospital you choose should have latest diagnostic facilities, counseling services and provide excellent care to the cancer patients.

2. Choose the right doctor:

You should choose a doctor who will meet your needs and give you quality care. You should enquire about the basic credentials of the doctor in detail with respect to his experience in dealing with the specific type of cancer and his medical schooling. You may know about the doctor from website, from friends, other patients or your family physicians. The information received may also be useful in choosing specialists you might need. A good doctor should be practicing evidence – based medicine.

Look for a doctor who

  • Is rated to provide quality care.
  • Has the training and background in dealing with the particular type of cancer.
  • Takes steps to prevent illness-for example, talks to you about quitting smoking.
  • Encourages you to ask questions and listens to you.
  • Shows and treats you with respect and explains things clearly.

3. Believe in hospital, doctor, medicines and in GOD:

It is essential to have faith in these four things. Once you believe you have chosen the right hospital and doctor, have faith in the team treating you and the medicines given to you. Be active, optimistic, and confident and believe in the treatment you are receiving.

4. Choose Healthy living:

Your doctor may suggest you to change your life style and your diet. They will address your health concerns and provide you advice for improving your quality of life and your health. These advices should include eating a healthy diet, quitting tobacco and alcohol, exercising regularly, managing stress and maintaining hygiene measures.

5. Be positive and learn how to cope with difficult feelings:

Anxiety, stress, depression and fear can slow down recovery process and could result into new physical problems: such as, lack of sleep, stomach problems and headaches. Hence, learn to cope with difficult feeling in such a way that peace in your mind is always maintained. Focus on positive things rather than negative thoughts and worries. Practicing relaxation techniques, joining support group and reading positive inspirational books could help you to bring positive changes in your attitudes and life. Arrange fun time with friends and families. Moreover, laughter can help reduce anxiety and help you with your emotions and stress.