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Quality of Life
Find practical information on how to manage common challenges faced by people living with cancer.
While you are coping with the physical, emotional, and social challenges associated with a diagnosis of cancer, it can be easy to ignore other chronic (long-lasting) medical conditions you may have, such as diabetes or heart disease. However, the way you manage these conditions often influences the success of your cancer treatment plan
Today, many cancer drugs are available in pill form, which means patients can often take some of their treatment at home, rather than in a doctor's office or cancer center. This can provide such time-saving benefits as reduced travel and fewer doctor appointments. However, it also can be challenging for these patients to stay on the prescribed medication schedule for their at-home treatment plan.
Oncology nurses are an important part of the health care team and work in all areas of cancer care. Oncology nurses combine their scientific knowledge, technical skills, and caring to help people living with cancer and their families throughout the cancer journey—from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship and end-of-life care.
When you need assistance or advice on cancer-related topics, many organizations will offer their expertise at no charge. The following list includes some of the telephone and e-mail helpline services answered by oncology health professionals, trained counselors, or volunteers. The services offer general medical information; for specific medical questions, you should always talk with your doctor or another member of your health-care team.
Many people look forward to the winter season. But when the temperature drops, people living with cancer need to take some extra health precautions.
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take control of your health and develop a strategy that will help you reach your goals for the coming year. Here are seven tips to help you have a healthier and happier new year.
People with cancer and their families and friends often approach the holidays with a mixture of emotions—excitement, worry, hope, exhaustion, and happiness. You might be wondering how to maintain old holiday traditions, handle the extra stress and social commitments of the season, or remain upbeat and optimistic. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to coping with cancer during the holidays, here are some helpful answers to common questions asked by people living with cancer as well as those who care about, and for, them.
As you prepare to start cancer treatment, it is normal to fear the unexpected and worry that treatment will be difficult. In fact, fearing treatment-related side effects is common after a diagnosis of cancer. However, it may help to know that preventing and controlling side effects is an important priority for your health care team. Don't be afraid to talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to learn the facts about your situation, including which side effects you may or may not experience and what options you have for managing them. A little information can go a long way toward easing your mind and helping you prepare for what lies ahead.
A person who has been affected by cancer often wants to make a difference in the lives of people with the disease by becoming a cancer advocate. It can be a positive and empowering experience to help others by providing support to those living with cancer, raising public awareness, advancing cancer research, improving the quality of cancer care, and addressing legislative and regulatory issues that affect cancer care and research. Advocating for others also provides a forum to share stories about dealing with the cancer experience.
There are many ways to be a cancer advocate, working to improve the lives of people with cancer.
Living with cancer can be a life-changing experience on many levels. You may find that your perspective has changed or that you are thinking about your life in new ways. For many people, this experience serves as an opportunity to reevaluate their lifestyle and make positive changes to improve their overall physical, mental, and emotional health.