Finding out you have cancer is going to trigger those five stages of grief, and this will inhibit your ability to fight the deadly disease. It’s important when you learn you have cancer to be as educated as possible about how to get rid of it. Use the tips below to help you overcome cancer.
One of the best ways to avoid getting cancer is to avoid doing things which may cause cancer. Two of the biggest offenders when it comes to causing cancer are smoking and tanning beds. Staying away from these two things gives you a much better chance at being cancer free.
If you are battling cancer, it can be helpful to join a support group for your type of cancer or cancer in general. Talking to others in your situation can help you feel less alone and give you a chance to make new friends. Mutual support can be very important on the journey to recovery.
When battling cancer it is important to surround yourself with people who will honestly listen to your opinions and feelings without judgment. There are days when you are going to be angry, frustrated or sad and you need to be able to express those feelings openly and honestly when need be.
After finding out that you have cancer, it is best to keep an open contact with your doctor and those close to you, such as your family members and close friends. If you avoid talking to them about your situation and your feelings, you might begin to feel isolated.
Following a cancer diagnosis, communication is key. Talk with your friends and family members, your doctor and other members of the community. You will not feel as alone if you can express to others how you feel and what you are going through. This will lead to an incredible support system for you.
Seek out other people who have been diagnosed with cancer. They understand your situation and many of the feelings that you are having. While your friends and family members are wonderful, it may be difficult to talk to them about certain aspects of your treatment. There are a variety of local support groups and forums that you can find online.
It’s important that you work hard to deal with your feelings and emotions if you or someone you know has cancer. This is going to be a very emotional time in ways you cannot possibly understand unless you’ve been through it, and unchecked emotions can destroy relationships permanently and lead to a world of regret.
It is important that you take charge over your body and lifestyle after you have beaten cancer. Whether you’ve lost a lot of weight and/or muscle or even if you gained a lot after the treatment was over, you need to get busy eating right and exercising well in order to take charge of your life and body.
A great way for cancer survivors to deal and to know what lies ahead is to network with other survivors. There are plenty of cancer survivors in the world, thankfully, and they meet up at support groups and even on internet forums, so you can always keep in contact with other survivors.
Whether you are healthy or stricken with cancer, the worst thing you can do is smoke. Do not smoke under any circumstances. Smoking is a known cause of cancer with 100s of carcinogens in a cigarette. Not only that, smoking can exacerbate cancer and its symptoms and make it worse.
Try to stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight and inactive can increase your chances of getting cancer. Excess weight has far reaching consequences and losing weight will do much more than lower your cancer risk. It will also lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and premature death.
Keeping a journal of what you hear from doctors and/or how you personally plan to fight the disease is a good idea. You can often become confused and especially discouraged when fighting cancer, so having some notes to refer to can help you remember the steps you had planned on taking to beat the disease.
When you’re battling cancer, it’s important to try to sleep without the aid of medications and alcohol. Falling asleep naturally, and for a long time if possible, will help your body’s cells to regenerate and become healthier. When you’re tired, try to give into the sleep, rather than fight it.
If you are concerned about the possibility of being exposed to cancer-causing chemicals, try to stay away from stain and grease eliminating products. These items have flourochemicals, and they are often found in products that help you clean your carpets and couches. They are also prevalent in the greaseproof coatings for fast foods.
Be mindful of your exposure to BPA. This synthetic estrogen is often found in canned goods, water bottles and other items. Research has shown that BPA has the potential to cause cancer, so try to eat more frozen foods and look for water bottles that are labeled as BPA free.
When you are first diagnosed with cancer, you should immediately make an appointment with your dentist. When making your appointment, inform the receptionist of your diagnosis so they can get you in quickly. Treatment can sometimes affect your oral health. Therefore, before starting any treatment plan it is necessary to have a dental cleaning and any necessary dental work done.
Understand any physical changes or side effects that will occur before you begin any treatment. If you’re prepared for the eventual side effects, you’ll be able to deal with them much more easily. If your treatment plan includes chemotherapy, you may want to consider buying a wig or wearing head scarves to cover your treatment-related hair loss.
We are all susceptible to cancer, no matter how strong we think we are. We’re also all likely to lose track and make poor, uninformed decisions when we allow grief, guilt and self-pity to rule over common sense. Make sure you never act uninformed. The tips you’ve read here can help you make the best decisions for your disease.