What To Ask Your Doctor If You Have Cancer

When you first hear a cancer diagnosis, the first thought in your mind should be about recovery. This article contains a lot of advice on many aspects of dealing with cancer, including treatment options and moral support.

A cancer diagnosis means you should stop smoking immediately. Some smokers may think that since they have cancer, there is no reason to quit. By continuing to introduce into the body the carcinogens found in the cigarettes, you are less likely to fully recover.

Be aware of certain changes that may take place as you undergo cancer therapy. Speak with your doctor about the side effects you may face. If you appearance makes you uncomfortable, due to lost hair or pale complexion, then consider wigs and makeup.

Be aware that the fruits and vegetables you buy may be contaminated. They often carry chemicals meant to kill insects, fungus, or bacteria. A thorough cleaning should be given to all fruits and vegetables in order to remove as much of the offending poison as possible.

Many people don’t know the most modern information regarding cancer. They may fear that your disease is something that is contagious, or that you can no longer perform your job at work. Make it a point to be completely transparent and candid.

When needed, speak up and assert yourself. A lot of people still have old fashioned beliefs about cancer, and some even believe that cancer can be transmitted from person to person. Have a good answer planned in advance and answer them immediately. It will give you control of the conversation and a little bit of confidence.

If you are active, your chance of being diagnosed with colon cancer goes down by about 40%. If you exercise on a regular basis, your body is healthier and more likely to fight off any disease. In addition, obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes and other diseases which weaken the body, and make it more prone to cancer. Fitness is a very important preventative measure.

Smokers must be aware that quitting can protect them from colon and lung cancer, as well as emphysema. The smoke you inhale brings carcinogens into your lungs, and from there, they flow throughout your body. If you have any polyps in your colon, the tobacco will increase their size. Those are some good reasons to toss that pack of cigarettes away.

When you have cancer, it will require you to accept some things now instead waiting until the last minute to deal with them. Preparing yourself mentally and physically is the key to winning this fight.

What you think will happen may in fact not happen. Value the support you get during this difficult time.

Being a full participant in your treatment program, as opposed to just letting doctors treat you, maximizes your chance of recovery. Do not mentally step back from what is going on around you. You will not get better if you aren’t actively involved in the process.

Know the symptoms and signs of cancer so you can know when you are at risk. If you can distinguish which symptoms could be cancer, and which are nothing to worry about, you can address those symptoms that much faster.

When you accompany a cancer patient to his doctor’s appointments, don’t hold yourself back from asking the doctor questions about the disease or treatment plan. You are likely to have some that your relative does not ask, and if you get answers, you are better able to be a good caretaker.

Cancer support groups are effective at every stage of dealing with the condition, whether you were recently diagnosed or have been fighting cancer for years. Talk to other cancer patients to get ideas about how to cope with your illness. Most groups allow you to bring family members.

When you are diagnosed with cancer, take the time to explain things to your friends and family openly and honestly. A strong support system is important at this time, so do not try to be tough and end up feeling alone and isolated. You and your family can build strong bonds during this time if you allow total honesty and open communication to occur.

If you plan to be outdoors on a sunny day, you should ensure that you are protected by sunblock. Skin cancer can quickly contaminate other organs within the body, and this cancer is caused by the UV rays of the sun. Water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum of SPF30 is recommended by experts, especially if you are fairer-skinned or prone to sunburns.

Make sure you have asked all your questions before treatment commences, so you are fully aware of what lies ahead both physically and emotionally. This will keep you better prepared to handle the changes that occur. If you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment, ask other patients how they dealt with hair loss so you can be prepared ahead of time.

Life does not stop simply because you are sick. While your body allows, continue all of your activities of daily living. If you find joy in something, do not let your cancer keep you away from it. Doing things that bring you pleasure will help you to stay positive even as cancer gets harder to cope with.

There are some complementary therapies that may help you through your treatments for your disease and your life after. Yoga, massage and acupuncture procedures can all benefit your body and mind while fighting cancer. Aromatherapy can work wonders, too. These activities can provide much needed relaxation and help to reduce stress.

No matter how you treat your cancer, the goal is always the same: remission. While physicians will do all they can to help you physically, a hospital isn’t always the best place to get the emotional support you need.

Now that you have learned a bit about cancer, female health, and body maintenance, go ahead and take care of yourself.

Sincerely
Amy Whitman

Amy is an award-winning health and fitness enthusiast. When she’s not writing about health issues, she’s busy working out at the gym.

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References

  1. Power Of Hormones – Women’s Health Offer
  2. What Is Cancer? – National Cancer Institute
  3. American Cancer Society
  4. Cancer Health Center
  5. National Cancer Institute
  6. Cancer – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic
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