Coping with Cancer
By Lisa Fayed, About.com Guide
- Dealing with Your Diagnosis
- Support Groups and Resources
- Coping with the Emotional Effects of Cancer
- Money Matters: The Financial Aspect of Cancer Treatment
- When Cancer Is Terminal
Dealing with Your Diagnosis
Everyone's experiences differ when diagnosed with cancer. Coping with a new diagnosis can be difficult, but learning early on how to cope with cancer will provide you with strength and positive outlook you will need during treatment and beyond.
- Coping with Your Cancer Diagnosis
- Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor When Diagnosed with Cancer
- Do I Need a Second Opinion?
- 10 Steps to Confirming Your Diagnosis
- Should I Get a Patient Advocate?
- How to Choose an Oncologist
- Finding a Surgeon
- How to Tell Friends and Family That You Have Cancer
- How to Tell Your Employer That You Have Cancer
- How to Tell Your Children that You Have Cancer
Support Groups and Resources
A good support system is vital to effectively coping with cancer! Support can come in many forms, like through friends and loved one and support groups. The key to good cancer support is learning to recognize when you need it and where to get the best support.
- Dealing with Your Cancer Diagnosis
- Finding the Right Cancer Support Group
- Using Online Support Groups, Message Boards, and Forums to Cope
- Support Groups for Breast Cancer Patients
- Support Groups for Cervical Cancer Patients
- Reaching Out for Help When You Have Lymphoma
- Giving Support When a Loved One Has Cancer
- When Your Spouse Has Cancer
- Breast Cancer Forum
- Cervical Cancer Forum
- Colon Cancer Forum
- Leukemia Forum
- Lung Cancer Forum
- Lymphoma Forum
- Prostate Cancer Forum
Coping with the Emotional Effects of Cancer
The emotional effects of cancer are not the same for everyone. For some people, this may mean stress, depression, anxiety, and fear. Others may feel a sense of relief and calmness with their diagnosis. All of these emotions are normal. Knowing how to cope with these emotional effects may make treatment less stressful and also increase your quality of life.
- How to Create and Maintain Hope
- Safe and Creative Emotional Outlets During Treatment
- Depression and Cancer: How to Prevent, Manage, and Treat It
- How to Maintain Intimacy with Your Partner During Treatment
- When Cancer Returns: Coping with Recurrence
Money Matters: The Financial Aspect of Cancer Treatment
Anyone who has ever gone through cancer treatment will tell you that it can be expensive. From doctor's fees to the numerous prescriptions drugs needed for care, many people with cancer find themselves wondering how they are going to pay -- even when they have insurance.
- How to Pay for Cancer Treatment When You're Uninsured
- Tax Deductions for Cancer Treatment
- Free and Low-Cost Prescription Drug Programs
- Financial Relief for the Insured and Uninsured
- How to Save on Medical Travel Expenses
When Cancer Is Terminal
When there is no curative treatment for cancer, it is considered to be terminal. People with terminal cancer have many tough decisions to make about their care and ultimately, their death.