Coping with Cancer

Cancer is a serious ailment. Most people once they get it lose hope of life and start living recklessly. What you heard from others and read in books and the internet should not pull you down as a cancer patient. There is hope and the hope comes from you. Yes it does. It all depends on how many more years you want to live. This prompts you to take keen attention on your personal health. Well, your mind must be positive all the time. You must also make sure you behave as normal as possible and regularly exercise your body.

Coping with cancer is an immense and complicated burden for cancer patients and their loved ones. The avalanche of information, numbers, forms, procedures, and specialized knowledge can be overwhelming.

Our new Personal Health Manager Kit is an easy-to-use tool designed to help patients organize and keep track of appointments, medication, test results, insurance, bills, and various other logistical and practical details associated with cancer. The kit’s content can be personalized to provide information and resources which will help address the needs of a particular cancer patient or caregiver.
What’s inside?

  • Tabs to keep track of appointments, medication, test results, insurance, bills, and various other logistical and practical details.
  • Tailored information for the patient depending on cancer diagnosis and requested materials.
  • Available in multiple languages (Spanish, English, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Russian, Creole, Hindi, and Polish).

Sourced from: http://www.cancer.org/myacs/california/programsandservices/personal-health-manager-kit

Looking after your body

As a cancer patient you have to make sure your physical appearance remains healthy. The cancer must not at any cost deteriorate the posture of your body. This calls for you as a patient to tirelessly take all the necessary steps to make sure the body is healthy and as fit as possible.

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient

In the past, people being treated for a chronic illness (an illness a person may live with for a long time, like cancer or diabetes) were often told by their doctor to rest and reduce their physical activity. This is good advice if movement causes pain, rapid heartbeat, or shortness of breath. But newer research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during cancer treatment, but it can improve how well you function physically and your quality of life.

Too much rest can lead to loss of body function, muscle weakness, and reduced range of motion. So today, many cancer care teams are urging their patients to be as physically active as possible during cancer treatment. Many people are learning about the advantages of being physically active after treatment, too.

Ways regular exercise may help you during cancer treatment

  • Keep or improve your physical abilities (how well you can use your body to do things)
  • Improve balance, lower risk of falls and broken bones
  • Keep muscles from wasting due to inactivity
  • Lower the risk of heart disease
  • Lessen the risk of osteoporosis (weak bones that are more likely to break)
  • Improve blood flow to your legs and lower the risk of blood clots
  • Make you less dependent on others for help with normal activities of daily living
  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Lower the risk of being anxious and depressed
  • Lessen nausea
  • Improve your ability to keep social contacts
  • Lessen symptoms of tiredness (fatigue)
  • Help you control your weight
  • Improve your quality of life

Sourced from: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/stayingactive/physical-activity-and-the-cancer-patient

Supplements /nutrition/General wellbeing

A healthy patient keeps cancer at bay. How can a patient be healthy? By eating the recommended diet by the doctor and sticking to the diet. This will ensure improved well being thus live longer without fear of passing away any moment.

Nutrition for Cancer Patients

When you have cancer, nutrition may take a back seat. But cancer patients need good nutrition as part of their cancer care to give their bodies a healthy boost during treatment.

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Cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery can make even the thought of eating turn a cancer patient’s stomach. However, good nutrition is a very important part of cancer treatment and good cancer care. Here’s how to make cancer nutrition a priority within your overall therapy.

Cancer Care: How Good Nutrition Helps

Although the ultimate goal is positive — to beat cancer, cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy can take a huge toll on the body. But good nutrition can help give the body the strength it needs to rebuild.

“While these treatments are effective at treating cancer, they also destroy some healthy cells,” says Sharlene Bidini, RD, CSO, board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition at the Oakwood Center for Cancer Care in Dearborn, Mich. “Adequate calories and protein are essential for the body to repair itself.”

Sourced from: http://www.everydayhealth.com/cancer/nutrition-for-cancer-patients.aspx