Diagnosed With Cancer What to Do Next?
There's no easy way to say it: being diagnosed with cancer is terrifying. As well as the obvious fear of mortality, cancer sufferers are faced with an almost unending supply of decisions to make and information to digest, particularly when it comes to cancer treatments.
It's only normal to be frightened and confused, especially when you're unsure of the next step
Coming to terms with the very fact that you have cancer by yourself is a tough ask. As humans we simply do not have the emotional capacity to endure such a shock to the system, so it's important to share the burden with a caring person or persons. Who you tell is up to you
Talk to Your Doctor
Once diagnosed with cancer, you need to know what your next step is going to be. To establish this it's important that you talk to your doctor, or any other medical specialists assigned to your case
Take the Time to Understand Cancer
One of the best ways to cope with cancer is to understand it. There is a large group of people out there that can help you to understand cancer as a disease as well as the many cancer treatments available
It's also worth remembering that friends, family and colleagues may have experienced what you're going through, and therefore can offer invaluable advice. Of course, the 21st Century's greatest research tool, the internet, can be of use. Be sure to check the validity and reputation of any website you visit so you know what you're reading is accurate and insightful. As well as official websites linked in to cancer charities and well-regarded medical sites, websites like http://.cancertreatmenttoday.org include useful information that may be of assistance to you.
As morbid as it sounds, once you've been diagnosed with cancer it's time to create or update a last will and testament. While many cancers today are far from incurable, any cancer sufferer faces at least a small chance that they may die as a result of the disease. Being prepared for such an eventuality is absolutely vital, particularly if you have the welfare of children to think about.
As well as preparing a will, there will be a great deal of other arrangements to be made, some massive and some not so important. Firstly, when it comes to your cancer treatments, who is there to support you with the likes of transport to and from operations and respite care? You will need at least one person, and more likely a small team of people, to help you on your way.
Other arrangements to be considered include:
Child care arrangements Pet care arrangements Paying bills (and other everyday clerical duties) Food shopping Packing bags ready for any operations, other cancer treatments and appointments
There will be a wealth of other actions, duties and events to arrange, so you might find making a list very useful.
Try to Remain Positive
It may be easier said than done, but a positive outlook will make tackling decisions, cancer treatments and the disease itself that much easier. It's also vital to maintaining a stable mental health. Remember as well, you may have been diagnosed with cancer, but you still have plenty to fight for and the odds are most likely in your favor