Cancer is a word that all people fear. It is often associated with despair and hopelessness. Despite the many advancements of modern medicine, the risk of mortality remains high for most types of cancer especially when diagnosed at late stages. When a patient first hears that he or she has cancer, the news is almost always followed by a feeling of shock. It is often difficult to come to terms with what happens next and what to do to live an otherwise normal life.


Different ways of coping

Every person has his or her way of dealing with stressful situations. There is no set formula to cope with the effects of cancer that will work with everyone. There are others who are more resilient and can go on with their day to day activities, while there are a few who can be overcome with grief that functioning in society becomes equally challenging.


How to effectively cope with cancer

The following are suggestions that can help a patient deal with the effects of cancer:

  • Reaching out to other people. When you share your experience and your feelings with other people who are going through the same thing, it can lift some of the burden brought about by the uncertainty of recovery and treatment. There are support groups from local cancer organizations or organized by cancer treatment centers. Another revolutionary approach of supporting those who have been diagnosed or undergoing treatment is a cancer app which brings a new level of social interaction between cancer patients.
  • Learn about the type of cancer you have. It may not work for everyone, but there are some who find it more empowering to study as much as they can about the disease they have as well as the treatment options available. With the help of your oncologist, you can learn and have more control over the treatment process.
  • Be open about your feelings. Some people think that being emotional is a sign of weakness. On the contrary, embracing powerful emotions of anger, sadness, and fear can be cathartic and dealing with them head on through a positive outlet is another way to cope. You can express your feelings by seeking therapy, talking to relatives, or by taking up an artistic hobby.
  • Be physically active. Physical activity depends on what your body can handle. If you are strong enough for some light exercise, spend a few minutes of your time each day to walk, do yoga, swim, or stretch. Physical activity will release powerful hormones in your body that will make you feel more relaxed and happier.
  • Focus on what you can control. Your attitude will have a significant impact on how you cope. There are many uncertainties surrounding cancer, and though you cannot control the outcome of your treatment, you can, however, control your feelings and be more positive towards your condition.

Cancer is a reality of life and no matter how difficult the situation, you will not have to fight the battle alone. Surround yourself with supportive people who understand and are willing to hold your hand every step of the way.

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