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How to Deal with Cancer

Anticancer, A New Way of Life, New EditionIt is not an easy thing to have to listen to a doctor say those dreaded words "you have cancer." You may feel confused, angry and helpless. Cancer shakes the very foundations of your mental strength and stamina as much as it devastates your physical health. It is easy to feel out of control and lose a grip on things. The most important thing for a patient to have is a strong support network of friends and family to help him or her get through this physically and emotionally devastating time.

There are certain things that you can do to help yourself cope better once you have been diagnosed with cancer. Learn as much as possible about your condition. You must become an expert on your specific condition. This will help you understand what is going on in your body and to have intelligent discussions with your doctors. You will be able to ask them the right questions and ensure that you are getting the kind of care that is required. The Internet is a treasure trove of information and it can be used to the fullest possible extent. Else you can drop into the library and peruse medical books. Even your doctor may be able recommend some books that may help you understand what you are dealing with.

A support team is the most important asset that you will have through the battle with cancer. These people who care about you will be more than willing to chip in at your time of need. If you are able to build a list of all the things that need to be done while you are indisposed, you can match them against people who are willing to do that bit of work for you. For example you may request the help of a friendly neighbor to babysit while you go for the doctor's appointment. The support team is not just about people who can give you a hand with day to day chores, but they should also include people whom you can call any time of the day or night and who will help lift your spirits.

Cancer is a tough opponent. The patient needs to fight it with all his might. Even with all the technological advancements of the world, we have not been able to find a cure for this deadly disease. There is no magic pill to pop for the malignant cells to vanish overnight. The fight is prolonged and overwhelming, the patient has to have great mental fortitude and a strong support network to overcome this disease.

By: Alex White

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