Medical Care , Oncology (Cancer)
Parkway Cancer Centre’s non-for-profit cancer counselling and support service shares its suggestions for cancer patients
With the improvement of medical science and technology, an increasing number of cancers are being detected and treated successfully. In order to have the best shot at beating cancer, CanHOPE shares their ideas to reduce stress and provide mental resilience for patients facing their own battle with this disease.
1. Take it one day at a time
Coping with cancer is less overwhelming when you break each day up into “day bites”. While it can be difficult, try to put your worries and concerns about the future aside. This also allows you to focus on getting the most out of each day in spite of your illness. Learn to channel your time and efforts towards those things that you can control and let go of what you cannot.
2. Learn to say “no”
Undergoing treatment for cancer will take its toll on your physical and emotional state. Learn to recognise your limitations and politely decline doing things that you might not have the time or energy to complete.
For example, if you are continuing at your day job whilst undergoing therapy, inform your superiors and peers about your condition so you can prune your workload to make it more manageable. In other cases, if you prefer to be alone during treatment or on your rest day, let your friends and family know so that they can give you the space you need.
3. Review your goals and priorities
Determine what is truly important in your life and make time for those things that matter. Keep in mind your physical limitations when it comes to strenuous activities so that you don’t overexert yourself.
Relaxation rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit. Different forms of relaxation will appeal to different people. Find out what appeals to you – whether it’s reading a book, spending time with friends and family, or meditating in your religion – and set aside time for it daily. The benefits of relaxation will go a long way in your recovery.
5. Be open to help
Recognising that you need help and allowing people to aid you is a positive way to relieve the stresses of cancer treatment. Allow the people around you to show their care and concern by letting them know what you need.
Material provided by CanHOPE. CanHOPE is a non-profit cancer counselling and support service provided by Parkway Cancer Centre, Singapore.
Cancer Counselling Hotline: (+65) 6738 9333
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