Knowing you have cancer is devastating. What follows the news is a tidal wave of emotions. Often, you are likely to wonder why it has to be you or if it’s some sort of punishment for something you did. This is a normal reaction.
Then comes the need to know everything about cancer and living with cancer.
When you get there, it would be really helpful to a smart patient.
Here are things you need to know to make your treatment manageable.
Know your diagnosis
You need to acknowledge your diagnosis no matter how serious it is. Find out what type of cancer you have, the stage, and the seriousness of the situation. If you are comfortable enough, you can even ask to see your MRIs, X-rays, bone scans, and other test results.
Sometimes, acknowledging an enemy is the only way to fight back.
Understand the treatment options
A Cancer Center Orange County may offer surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy treatment options.
Understand how each cancer treatment works and why the recommended one is best for you. Also, be sure you understand whether your cancer is curable or not. Know about the types of chemotherapy if they are recommended to you, the name of drugs, and their side effects.
Essentially, find out everything there is to know about your situation.
Learn the language of cancer
To get through treatment, it would help to learn cancer’s language. The internet is a great place to start. However, keep in mind that information from the internet can sometimes prove to be an enemy. Therefore, use information from trusted medical sources. Keep off sponsored sites that are all about making a sale.
Have a support system
Cancer is never easy. No one should go through it alone. This is time you need someone/people more so for emotional support. Ensure your support system includes a cancer survivor because no one understands you like another cancer survivor.