Learning that you have cancer can be a difficult experience. After a person is diagnosed with cancer, he or she may feel anxious, afraid or overwhelmed and wonder how he or she can cope during the days ahead.
first of all you should know that cancer is not any more such a live threatening disease as half a century ago. When you are diagnosed with cancer main point is at first to obtain as much basic, useful information as possible about your cancer diagnosis. Consider bringing a family member or friend with you to your first few doctor appointments. Write down your questions and concerns beforehand and bring them with you. You should not be afraid to talk about it but also to question certain things.
Each person should be aware that the cancer of the one person is not the same as the cancer of the other. As such the first question to been asked should be: “What kind of cancer do I have?” followed by: “Where is the cancer and has it spread?”
On our mind is naturally if that cancer we have can be treated and “What is the chance that my cancer can be cured?”
Next you should be open to see and follow what other tests or procedures you may need. You have to come to see your treatment options and how the treatment will benefit you.
When a person knows what he or she can expect during treatment, he or she can feel more at ease. The best way to conquer cancer is not to haver ‘cancer thoughts’ or negative thoughts in mind. It is so important not to be a ‘kankeraar’ (‘canceror’), i.e. a grouser, grumbler or whiner. To be a bellyacher will not bring any solution. All cankerous thoughts should be put away first.
If they can not do that on their own,it is not bad to look at others who had to face that disease and see how they managed to cope or fight against the cancer.
We all can learn from those who are facing such a threatening disease. They had to undergo side effects of the treatment, and it shall not be different for us. So knowing how they could cope with those annoying side effects it may help us.
We should always remember we should always call the doctor as soon as possible and not be afraid to ask him many questions, such as: “What can I do to prevent my cancer from recurring?”, “How likely are my children or other family members to get cancer?”
As with any “whopper” of a disease it is important to maintain honest, two-way communication with your loved ones, doctors and others after your cancer diagnosis. You may feel particularly isolated if people try to protect you from bad news or if you try to put up a strong front. If you and others express your emotions honestly, you can all gain strength from each other.
Members of cancer support groups may be particularly helpful in the areas about reactions on the treatment. Getting advice on the drugs (causing hair loss), advice from image experts about clothing, makeup, wigs and hairpieces may help you feel more comfortable and attractive. Insurance often helps pay for wigs, prostheses and other adaptive devices. and can provide tips that have helped them and others.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is always important, but when our body shows a weakness it is even more important. We for sure should not be afraid to go out the house, hiding ourselves, being afraid for what they might think of us. Taking some outdoors exercise can improve your energy level. Eating a healthy diet consisting of a variety of foods and getting adequate rest may help you manage the stress and fatigue of the cancer and its treatment. Exercise and participating in enjoyable activities also may help. Recent data suggest that people who maintain some physical exercise during treatment not only cope better, but may also live longer.
Taking more care of yourself and your willingness to talk with others and share ideas, not thinking you our the only one who knows and feels what it is, will help you to gain more confidence to go into a new stadium in life, where you can win the battle, when you trust yourself and those around you.
“Together we can do more” is for sure very important too.
Additional helpful literature:
- Our way of life
- Pain and Suffering is inevitable but Misery is optional
- The blessing of a broken leg
- Partakers of the sufferings
- Foreword to Suffering
- Suffering (Cd art)
- Suffering – through the apparent silence of God
- Suffering continues
- Suffering leading to joy
- Seems no future in suffering
- Learning from suffering
- Reacting to Disasters
- Dying or not
- Words from God about suffering
- Self inflicted misery #1 The root by man
- Self inflicted misery #7 Good news to our suffering
- Self inflicted misery #9 Subject to worldly things
- Welfare state and Poverty in Flanders #3 Right to Human dignity
- Science, belief, denial and visibility 2
- Faith and trial
- Fragments from the Book of Job #1: chapters 1-12
- Fragments from the Book of Job #2: chapters 12-20
- Fragments from the Book of Job #3: chapters 21-26
- Fragments from the Book of Job #4: chapters 27-31
- Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37
- Fragments from the Book of Job #6: chapters 38-42
- Fragments from the Book of Job #7 Epilogue
- Bad things no punishment from God
- Profitable disasters
- Facing disaster fatigue
- Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #1 Suffering covered by Peace Offering
- Miracles in our time of suffering
- Offer in our suffering
- Patient waiting (Cd art)
- Character is built
- Suffering produces perseverance
- Moving mountains
- Rejoice even though bound to grieve
- Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
- Surprised by joy
- Surprised by time in joys & sufferings
- Destination of the earth
- Expiatory sacrifice
- Crucifixion for suffering
- From pain to purpose
- Old age
- Temptation and its conquest
- Pain and Suffering is inevitable but Misery is optional
- Light within
- To be chained by love for another one
- When the wind blows hard on a tree
- Your struggles develop your strengths
- The inspiring divine spark
- Disappointed with God
- Not sure there exist a God
- God’s Comfort
- Only one God
- Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
- Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
- Getting out of the dark corners of this world
- God should be your hope
- Our relationship with God, Jesus and eachother
- Nuturing a close relationship with God
- Give your worries to God
- Let us recognise how great God is
- God is the strength of my heart
- God Helper and Deliverer
- God is positive
- God’s design in the creation of the world
- God’s instruction about joy and suffering
- God’s promises
- God His measure not our measure
- God’s non answer
- God’s promises to us in our suffering
- Gods hope and our hope
- God’s salvation (Cd art)
- You God hold the future
- Hope (Cd art)
- Hope for the future
- Importuning for suffering hearts
- Incomplete without the mind of God
- Is God hiding His face when He is seemingly silent
- Jehovah my strenght
- Kingdom of God what will it be like
- God His reward
- Chrystalised harmonious thinking
- Epitome of the one faith
- Life with God
- Meaning of life
- Some important differences
- True hope
- Working of the hope (Cd art)
- A love not exempting us from trials
- Songs in the night Worship God only
- Gospel = Good tidings, good news, a good message
- That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us
- National Cancer Survivor Day 2014: A Reminder That Life After Cancer Can Be Healthy, Meaningful (medicaldaily.com)
There is life after a cancer diagnosis, and it’s something to celebrate, especially among the 14 million cancer survivors in the U.S. Survivors can be anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer at some point, and even family members, friends, and caregivers are a part of the survivorship experience. “Sometimes people have very negative ideas of what life after cancer looks like,” the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation spokesperson, Laura Shipp, told CBS 5. “But the reality is that more people are living longer and better quality lives after cancer than ever before. These survivors are showing us that life after cancer can be meaningful, exciting, and filled with joy.”
- Cancer Research Institute Launches TheAnswerToCancer.org, a Website for Cancer Patients and Caregivers (socialmediaportal.com)
“As major advances in cancer immunotherapy begin to alter the landscape of cancer treatment, patients facing a cancer diagnosis need to be aware of immunotherapy as a potential treatment option for them,” said Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., CEO and director of scientific affairs at the Cancer Research Institute. “Our new website, TheAnswerToCancer.org, informs patients about these new treatments, and encourages them to talk with their doctors about immunotherapy.”
- Providing an extra layer of support for cancer patients (miamiherald.com)
“With all the research and new medications, cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence,” she says. “But it is something with which I had to cope and now I have to live.”Coping is what palliative care is all about. In case you’ve never heard of it, palliative care involves an interdisciplinary group of caregivers who work to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life of people with serious or chronic illnesses as well as their families, explains Dr. Patrick Reynolds, the cancer institute’s medical director of oncology support services.
- South Jersey cancer survivors gather for Kennedy Cancer Survivors Day (nj.com)
“Our mission is to celebrate all of the survivors, and afford them an opportunity to reconnect with their caregivers,” said Louise Baca, administrator of the Kennedy Cancer Center. “This day is all about them.”The day included food, live entertainment, a dunk tank and children’s activities. Survivors Day doubles as a walk that raises money for the cancer center’s assistance program, which provides financial help for cancer patients and their families. To date, the program has given out about $30,000 in assistance.”Their insurance is okay for treatment,” Baca said. “Our fund is for everything else. If because of treatment, they’re having financial difficulties, we’ll pay rent, food or transportation costs.”
- Breast Cancer Authority Bestseller List Book Review & Giveaway “The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer” (breastcanceryogablog.com)
Explore the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual disharmony at the root of breast dis-ease with timely, practical suggestions and methods for healing you won’t hear at your doctor’s office. In my book The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer I encourage and support you to listen to the underlying messages that come with breast cancer so you can thrive beyond it.
- Cancer Survivors: More Than 14.5 Million in US (abcnews.go.com)
Cancer survivors now number more than 14.5 million in the United States and are expected to grow to 19 million over the next decade, a new report finds. More cancers are cured, more people are living longer with the disease and people are living longer in general, which boosts the number of cases and survivors because the risk of developing cancer rises with age.”They’re living longer and we hope with better quality of life,” said Dr. Patricia Ganz of the University of California, Los Angeles, whose research focuses on quality-of-life issues.The American Cancer Society’s report was released Sunday during the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world’s largest group of specialists who treat the disease.
- A Human Experimenter Was Vice-President Of The American Cancer Society (blacklistednews.com)
A doctor who was once vice president of the The American Cancer Society turns out to have had a dark history. He twice experimented on human beings, injecting them with cancer cells. Learn about the human experimentation of Chester Southam.
- On step closer to a nanoparticle breath sensor to test for lung cancer (nanowerk.com)
Results of a University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) show that a test of organic compounds in exhaled breath can not only distinguish patients with lung cancer from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but can also define the stage of any cancer present. “This could totally revolutionize lung cancer screening and diagnosis. The perspective here is the development of a non-traumatic, easy, cheap approach to early detection and differentiation of lung cancer,” says Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, investigator at the CU Cancer Center and professor of medical oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
- The Benefits of Complementary and Alternative Therapies When Dealing with Cancer (health-host.co.uk)
The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) is on the rise, globally. More and more people are turning to CAM to treat a wide range of health issues when they feel that traditional medical products and practices (when used alone) are not working for them. Complementary and alternative medicines are fast becoming a favourite way of dealing with a wide range of health implications, particularly for those who are suffering from cancer.
While the use of CAM is often deemed controversial, as an individual suffering from a life debilitating disease it is always important to be aware of the alternative treatments that are not offered by doctors.
- South Florida hospitals offer breast cancer survivorship programs to empower people with the next phase of their lives (miamiherald.com)
After the surgery, radiation and chemotherapy for breast cancer lies the next phase of a person’s life.Survivorship refers to that time, often beginning at diagnosis and through long-term survival, when the physical and emotional after-effects of breast cancer treatment may linger.Now, South Florida hospitals are taking an active, more comprehensive approach to survivorship, instituting programs to address that next phase — to improve patients’ quality of life and empower them to live healthier lives after cancer.
“We recognize that survivorship comes with challenges, and they have to face a lot of physical changes from treatment, as well as social, spiritual, familial, professional and financial challenges,” said Dr. Carmen Calfa, an oncologist who specializes in breast cancer at Memorial Breast Cancer Center in Hollywood.
So my mother calls me tonight and let me just say this right off ** I’m paraphrasing the conversation for the purposes of brevity, in case she contacts you and claims I posted this “out of context” **
So we were talking about a neighbor of hers who is going through cancer treatment and the prognosis isn’t good. She says, so many people are going to die of cancer and they are never going to find a cure.
I interrupted her and told her about the newly released studies showing a 90%+ success rate in curing certain types of cancer with stem cell treatments. She says she hasn’t seen it and continues with …..”that’s why I never give to the susan g. komen foundation or any other cancer research group…..they are just a billion dollar black hole of tax evasion”
I was a bit taken off my guard. This was…
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