Hello there! If you are reading this blog, know someone undergoing cancer treatment, or provide home care services to cancer patients; please tell them that they are not alone. Nearly 18.1 million cases of cancer are estimated to exist worldwide. Your case is also one of them if you are receiving treatment for cancer. There is nothing you can do to stop this overwhelming situation, but on this World Cancer Day, I do have something to share with you.
There are about 28 million cancer survivors and you can be one of them. We understand that undergoing cancer treatment and dealing with cancer itself is quite overwhelming for you as well as your family members.
Changes in cancer treatment
The times have changed, and so has the way our doctors and healthcare systems are looking after cancer patients. A patient-centered home care facility combined with traditional hospital treatment is popular. This program focuses on the psychological and emotional needs of cancer patients.
How to help someone undergoing cancer treatment and cancer survivors?
Governments have been working relentlessly on several cancer awareness and cancer prevention programs. This has been one of the challenges of the healthcare industry in the 21st century. We are here to offer you support and help you out, certainly.
• Make frequent visits: Ask for permission before visiting them. Unwanted guests don’t do anybody any good. Also, ensure that you are also offering equal support to cancer caregivers as well. Help the caregivers too, and indulge everyone in the process.
• Companionship: Constant companionship brings joy. Enjoy each other’s company, making them feel at ease. Watch a favorite movie, enjoy crossword puzzles, and help them with whatever they need.
• Conversation: No one can get tired of endless happy conversations. Put yourself in their shoes and know what they want in life. Be a good listener, and make them feel happy and comfortable in their space. Ask for their advice or opinions even if you don’t get the expected response. This is what a relationship is all about.
• Be flexible: The effects of cancer are unpredictable; therefore, you need to be flexible with your schedules in order to be available for your loved ones.
• Acknowledge your mental health: Not only for cancer patients, but sometimes it gets overwhelming for caregivers as well as families, friends, and relatives too. Don’t ignore such feelings; speak to therapists about them.
• Taking their feelings into account: Although it is difficult to exactly comprehend what your loved ones are going through, try to get a picture of their feelings. Listen carefully to what they say, and be compassionate.
• Choose appropriate terms or phrases: Sometimes you may be unaware that your words may sound insensitive, so choose your words carefully. Google if you have any confusion about using the correct phrases.
On this World Cancer Day, let us learn some interesting facts about Cancer
You’re probably wondering why or what the point of learning such stuff is. Well, let me tell you, my friend, that there is no harm in learning new things, and you can also pass on this knowledge to your loved ones.
The Egyptians were the first to describe what cancer is, but the description found in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, dating back to 1600 B.C., also says that it is incurable. Much has changed now, hasn’t it?
There are over 200 types of cancer and subtypes, and indoor tanning has been linked to 419,00 cases of skin cancer in the United States alone.
The substance called hyaluronan (found in subterranean African mammals) prevents cancer. This means that cancer can be prevented in the coming years.
Cancer cell growth is completely different from normal cell growth, as instead of dying, they continue to grow.