Tips for New Cancer Patients
Learning to cope up with Cancer is very difficult especially in the beginning. Your life can turn topsy turvey when you find out that you have been diagnosed with cancer. But then over the last few years there has been tremendous advancement in medical science where in the diagnostics as well as treatment options available have improved tremendously wherein the focus now is on organ saving unlike earlier procedures of organ removal to stop spreading of cancer.
Any cancer patient needs a lot of emotional support from family as well as doctors and the other people who they interact with. In the beginning all things related to cancer treatment can be highly overwhelming and seem too much to handle. Besides having to deal with one’s treatment, there is the inner fear that one needs to contend with. Besides there are pressing concerns and priorities to do with other family members including children, duties and responsibilities etc besides o f course the challenges of job and career. The other major subject that often bothers the patients is to do with the financial arrangements to pay for the treatment.
So what does one have to do in such a situation? The ideal thing herein would be to take stock of the situation and find necessary help and support. There are several agencies and self help groups as well as other channels of information where you will be able to find the required information to support you.
First and foremost it is essential that you speak with the Counselors available at the Oncology Department in the Hospital. These Oncology Social workers can help explain things to you and help you in various ways to deal with your psychological as well as the treatment related issues. They have been trained for this purpose and you will find them very helpful indeed.
Secondly you can access the Support Groups that are available in your city through the hospital or in your community center. Most often hospitals will have connections with the support groups which are led by trained Oncology Social Workers. The cancer society in your city will also have a support group which you can join and meet up with. Meeting and talking to others who have gone through similar situation helps you to come to terms with yourself. Sharing always has its advantages and benefits and you can derive a lot of courage to face situations by seeing others.
The third important activity that you need to do is to educate yourself about Cancer and get access to up to date information regarding treatments and other related subjects. You can get this through internet or even through the workshops that are conducted by experts in the field. Understanding more about Cancer and its related treatments helps you understand your case better.
Besides internet there are several publications, books and other sources of information that you can easily find in the market or in the hospital or even at the library.
Prolonged cancer treatment will mean a heavy drain on your financial resources. There might be cases where you will have to spend money from your own sources over and above what your health insurance can payout. In such cases there is no need to panic. There are several aid agencies and avenues available which can help you out. You hospital will be able to guide you further and put you in touch with the agencies.
Last but not the least, get into the habit of ordering your Novaldex and other medicines online so that you can be tension free and get the required medicines at your door step conveniently.