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11 jul

What Comes After a Cancer Diagnosis?

JennaSmithCancer is perhaps now considered one of the most common illnesses in the United States. A large spike in cancer diagnoses suggests that most families in the U.S. have or had a family member battling cancer. However, being diagnosed with cancer doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. With modern science and technology, doctors have been able to develop new treatments that reduce the risk of cancer metastasizing significantly.

Nevertheless, facing a cancer diagnosis requires a little more than understanding treatments, it’s a psychological and emotional process. If you or a loved one is facing a battle with cancer, you may be wondering, what’s next?

After being diagnosed with cancer, you may want to ask as many questions as possible to your oncologist. Be extremely thorough. First off, you need to understand the details of the cancer diagnoses, which encompasses the kind of cancer, how it spreads, aggression level, size, location and whether it’s hereditary. On your consultations, be sure to bring someone you trust with you for moral support. Oncology appointments can take an emotional toll.

Once you understand your disease, you can begin researching treatment options, including each treatment’s success rates and side effects. This will help you gain a better understanding of what to expect from the treatments.

Depending on the type of cancer, the next step would be to seek out a specialist. With so many kinds of cancer, you may be surprised to find out that not all require an oncologist. For example, if you’re facing thyroid cancer, you may find it best to receive your treatments and further consultations with a thyroid specialist.

Looking for the right doctor or specialist can be difficult. As mentioned, battling cancer takes it’s toll, psychologically, emotionally and physically. There are three characteristics that will help you find the right specialist. Remember to find one that listens to your concerns, explains thoroughly what you have, how it progresses week by week and understands (chemistry) what you’re going through.

The third thing you may want to do is create a cancer program strategic planning guide. By creating a program guide, you can keep track of all finances that deal with your illness. You’ll be able to understand which treatments are most affordable, consolidate expenditures in order to treat your illness and still remain financially stable during remission.

Finally, you may want to ask your friends and family for emotional support. Treatments can be grueling and could take a lot out of a person. Morale fluctuates, and sometimes, you need someone there to help you keep the faith. Your friends and family will probably be the greatest pillar of support, so if you need it, ask for it. You’ll feel a lot better. Support groups are also available for those dealing with cancer. It can be very encouraging and uplifting to be around those who have experiences the disease first-hand. Most physicians recommend patients some form of support. The stronger the morale, the stronger the body and spirit.

Dealing with cancer at first can be a hard pill to swallow, but with a great understanding of your illness, its treatment, looking for the right doctor or specialist, building a financial strategy and with support from your family or friends, you’ll be able to feel a lot stronger while you’re fighting this illness.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on July 11th, 2013 in Family, Health | 0 comments

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