Where to run, what to do, how to survive? The answers to these questions are actually very important. Let's try to figure out how to act for the patient to increase the chances of recovery.
1. Keep calm. We know how difficult it is to deal with emotions that are in full swing. However, all serious decisions must be made carefully and consciously. Excessive excitement is an unreliable advisor and a poor helper. Get answers to all the questions you face from your oncologist. This will help you understand what's going on and help you make the right choice.
2. Go to a specialized cancer facility. Cancer should be treated where there is every opportunity for it. We are talking about the latest equipment for diagnostics and treatment; the use of modern drugs (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted drugs, etc.). It is important that doctors in their daily practice follow the recommendations of the world's leading oncological organizations and apply methods with proven effectiveness.
3. Find a good doctor. And better - a team of specialists with significant experience in the treatment of such diseases. It is important that a treatment plan is drawn up at a consultation - by doctors of various specialties. Only in this way will the features of a particular disease be fully taken into account and the optimal tactics of action will be recommended. This is how decisions are made in LISOD: at the multidisciplinary conference, each clinical case is considered; in accordance with the data of international protocols, as well as taking into account the characteristics of the tumor and the patient's state, a personalized therapy plan is drawn up.
4. Seek support and help. Try asking friends or relatives during your treatment to take on some of the household chores: buying groceries, picking up children from kindergarten or school, and the like. Communicate with your “diagnosed colleagues”: no one will understand you better than people following the same path. Contact an oncological psychologist: this is professional help that will allow you to regain solid ground under your feet.
5. Change your habits. Treatment makes it possible to stop the disease. And changing the usual way of life allows you to reduce the risk of relapse.
- Give up bad habits. Life will be longer without smoking and alcohol.
- Eat right. Give preference to fruits and vegetables over sweets and fried foods. Excess weight - the risk of cancer and recurrence of the disease. Maintain your weight and you will feel better.
- Go in for sports. Moderate exercise reduces the risk of cancer and decreases the risk of recurrence. Talk to your doctor about optimal stress and recommended exercise. Even daily walking is beneficial.
6. Live today! Don't wait until your treatment ends, next month, New Year, or Monday. Even if you have cancer, that doesn't mean everything is over. Enjoy every moment. Be here now. Live!
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