Cancer Support: Coping With The Stress Of Cancer

Cancer Support: Coping With The Stress Of Cancer

Here are 7 active ways to cope with the stress of cancer

1.Take action to get rid of the problem

Basically, make sure that you are being looked after by the professionals.  your oncologist, surgeon, radiographer can all take away some of the burden.

2.Plan how to deal with the problem

If you have a plan in your minds its less stressful than the unknown, even if  the plan  doesn;t go  exactly how  you  would want.  Its something to think about instead of worrying

3.Look for advice and information to deal with the problem

Don’t be afraid of getting advice.  The unknown can be more stressful than information. Cancer support is available online and via many support groups

4. Look for sympathy and emotional support

People may surprise you when you ask for help.  There is no shame in needing or taking help when you need it and I am sure you would offer help if it was the other way around!

5.  Accept that the problem exists and decide what you can and cannot control

If you can’t accept that you have cancer you will be not be able to move forward and get the help and support that you need.  Take control of what you can and let people look after you.

6.  Try to get a new perspective by making the best of the situation

Everything has changed now, but you can still look forward.  Accept life with a new perspective and make the best of what you have

7.  Become aware of your feelings about the problem and express them to others

Let the people you trust know how you feel, including yourself.  By acknowledging your feelings you can reduce their impact.

For more about the Cancer Support Communities advice about coping with stress see

http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/managing-stress

Further reading

Your cancer

A lack of patient support for those who choose no cancer intervention.

The UK Cancer Directory: For People With Cancer, Their Carers And Friends

How to Embrace Surviving Cancer – A Cancer Survivors Guide

What We Do For People Affected By Cancer

I know someone with cancer

How To Talk To A Person With Cancer: What To Say And Not To Say

Helping A Friend With Cancer: What You Need to Know

Giving The Gift of Calm

How To Choose Thoughtful And Appropriate Gifts For Cancer Patients

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