If the word “cancer” is mentioned in a general conversation, it typically evokes a fearful reaction. You can never understand fully what it is like to hear that you have cancer unless it has happened to you. Be it treatable, operable or otherwise a diagnosis of cancer means drastic and immediate changes to your life. The intent of this article is to make the impact of a cancer diagnosis more bearable.
Avoid eating sugary foods to prevent cancer cell growth. Cancer cells feed on sugar, and eliminating it from the diet can sometimes starve the cancer cells. This method is not a substitute for your regular treatments, but it is a healthy choice for maintaining good nutrition as you fight cancer.
Cancer is very difficult for both the patient and his family. There are many options in dealing with cancer, and there are many options for cures, too. Consult with your doctor on a regular basis.
With cancer, early detection is important and will increase the chance of cure. Set up regular screening appointments with your doctor, so the doctor can test you for cancer cells prior to major symptoms showing. You should perform a self examination of breasts or testes once monthly, to detect any changes.
You should know about chemicals on vegetable and fruits that may be harmful. Big agriculture depends on the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides to consistently produce crops. Before eating these nutritious foods, be sure to wash off any pesticide residue. You can do this with a mild detergent and warm water. You may also want to buy organic produce to avoid pesticides.
Don’t be afraid to make yourself heard. Plenty of people still live under false stereotypes of the “cancer patient”. They may think you are unable to perform your job or may be contagious, take this chance to prove them wrong. Put together a few responses to some common questions and be ready to address people’s concerns. It can help with the perception that others have of you and your condition during your treatment plan.
Studies have shown that drinks such as sodas can increase your risk of getting cancer. Foods containing large amounts of calories and carbohydrates will increase your weight, boosting the ability of your cancer to grow further and spread.
Communicate with loved ones. If you’re feeling neglected by friends and family, politely strike up a conversation with them. Be kind as you explain to your loved ones why you need further support and how they can help. Be careful, though. It can seem like a very difficult thing to deal with. Always lead with love. Don’t have any regrets!
Don’t be afraid to fight. With cancer you are basically in a fight for your life. You need to be strong and ready to fight.
No matter what type or stage of cancer you have been diagnosed with, there are many things that you can do to help yourself, improve the quality of your life, and solicit help from other people and sources. This article is the beginning of your journey to beat cancer and strengthen your will to survive.