Living with Cancer
There are many types of cancers. They can behave in very different ways. When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, doctors evaluate and classify the cancer's characteristics. This process is known as cancer "staging." Staging helps doctors design effective cancer treatment plans.
During the course of your cancer treatment, your doctor may tell you that your cancer is in "remission." This is great news, but it isn't the same as saying that you have been cured. There are two types of remission, "partial" and "complete." It is important to fully understand what each diagnosis means.
Navigating Your Diagnosis
A diagnosis of cancer changes your life. It changes the lives of your loved ones, too. It may leave you facing some unexpected challenges. But you don't have to let cancer rob you of your happiness. There are healthy ways to deal with cancer. Here are some coping strategies.
During cancer treatment, you may wonder how things will turn out. Your doctor can tell you how your cancer is likely to affect you. Your doctor also can explain how you may respond to treatment. This is called your cancer "prognosis." Your prognosis helps you make decisions about your care.
As part of your cancer care, your doctor may show you survival statistics. This information can help you understand how your disease is likely to progress. The statistics come from the medical histories of large groups of similar cancer patients.
As part of your cancer treatment, you may have the option to take part in a clinical trial. This is a study of a drug or a procedure, usually one that has not yet been approved for widespread use. Clinical trials help doctors determine which treatments are effective and which are not.
Coping & Support
Congratulations, you've finished your cancer treatment. Instead of frequent doctor visits and test results, you can finally start living again. But you may find that life just feels different now. So let's take a few minutes to look at the road ahead.
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What would happen to a car that, day in and day out, simply never stopped running? Easy: it'd break down. This is what happens to caregivers when they don't stop and take care of themselves. A certain amount of stress is normal, especially when providing consistent care. But when you're plagued by constant exhaustion, disinterest in activities you used to love or feel like you have absolutely nothing left to give, you may be experiencing caregiver burnout. In this article, we lay out the symptoms and causes of this serious condition and provide healing tips to avoid burning out.
Have you ever struggled to offer help to a patient or family caregiver? It can be just as hard to know what is needed as it is for them to ask for help. CaringBridge partnered with a team of technology researchers at the University of Minnesota to identify useful ways to provide support during cancer journeys. With more than 800 survey respondents from patients and caregivers using CaringBridge, you may find the results useful as you help loved ones with cancer.
This video will teach people the importance of staying hydrated during cancer treatment, and how to get enough fluids.
This video will teach viewers how to manage unpleasant food and drink tastes during cancer treatment.
Many medical treatments recommend that cancer patients adopt a "soft diet," a diet made up of foods that are easy to chew and swallow. The side effects of treatment may include loss of appetite, mouth sores, nausea and fatigue, which can make it difficult to eat or cook. Similarly, patients who previously underwent surgery or have dental problems/dentures may have similar restrictions. To offer some inspiration for those with health-related dietary constraints, we compiled 25 soft food ideas for patients. Check out the tasty options.