When you first hear a cancer diagnosis, the first thought in your mind should be about recovery. While it is impossible to learn everything you need to know overnight, this article can give you a few tips for dealing with cancer.
Some people diagnosed with cancer choose to opt out of conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation due to the damage they can cause to the body. They turn instead to alternative treatments such as nutrition therapy and vitamin therapy among many others. Some (but not all) of these treatments have been shown to shrink tumors and prolong life. Always check with your doctor before beginning any unconventional therapies.
Carcinogens are substances that damage DNA. They are instrumental in starting and aiding in the growth of cancers. Things to stay away from that are carcinogenic are tobacco, asbestos, x-rays, the sun and exhaust fumes. Exposure to these substances causes cells to stop functioning in a normal way.
If you are not feeling well you should not get behind the wheel of a car when you are going through cancer treatment. Many people who are battling cancer feel weaker than they normally would and easily fall asleep. You would not want to risk your life by falling asleep behind the wheel.
It’s important to know the symptoms of internal cancers so you can be vigilant in detecting them. Symptoms such as sudden or rapid weight loss, bloody stool, thin stools and abdominal cramping may point to colon cancer. Any indication of symptoms like these should send you straight to the doctor for tests.
Working to reduce your exposure to radiation is one of the best ways you can prevent cancer. Now, the jury’s still out on whether or not cell-phone usage puts you at a higher risk of things like brain tumors, but there is a direct link between cancer and radiation. So do what you can to avoid radiation.
A good tip to deal with cancer in general is to make sure you earn yourself some good karma points. Donating to cancer research and other cancer-specific charities helps you to feel good and will certainly help assist in the ongoing fight against this brutal disease. And if karma is real, airing on its good side wouldn’t hurt.
Establish honest and open lines of communication with those who are close to you. If you are not getting the help you need, speak with your friends and family in a thoughtful way to explain your needs. Explain gently that you need additional assistance, and tell them precisely what they can do to help. But be cautious though! This is an extremely difficult time. Always try to make your decisions based on love. You might regret not asking for help.
You might not typically have a fighting spirit, but if you have cancer you are going to need to find one quickly. If you do not realize what you’re fighting for and cannot develop that all-important spirit, use the anger you’re feeling to transform into motivation. Even Gandhi was able to lash out.
Regardless of what the fight requires, defeating cancer remains the wanted victory. While your local physician and oncologist can treat the cancer physically, you won’t usually find the much needed emotional support at a clinic or hospital.