• Home Remedies: Accepting help when you have cancer

a smiling young Asian woman with shaven head representing cancer patient after chemo therapy

A cancer diagnosis changes your life forever. Each person finds his or her own way of staying optimistic and coping with the emotional and physical changes cancer brings. But when you're first diagnosed with cancer, sometimes it's difficult to know what to do next. A few examples of coping and allowing people to help include making a list of what needs to get done, have an answer for "What can I do?" and nevermind the thank-you notes! Below are some other ideas:

  • Learn enough about cancer to make decisions about your care. Ask your doctor about your cancer, including your treatment options and, if you like, your prognosis. As you learn more about cancer, you may become more confident in making treatment decisions.
  • Keep friends and family close. Keeping your close relationships strong will help you deal with your cancer. Friends and family can provide the practical support you'll need, such as helping take care of your house if you're in the hospital. And they can serve as emotional support when you feel overwhelmed by cancer.
  • Find someone to talk with. Find a good listener who is willing to listen to you talk about your hopes and fears. This may be a friend or family member. The concern and understanding of a counselor, medical social worker, clergy member or cancer support group also may be helpful.Ask your doctor about support groups in your area. Other sources of information include the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

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