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Full Steam Ahead: How You Can Help Your Loved Ones Fight Cancer

According to a report by the American Cancer Society, three in four families in the U.S. have a family member who is suffering from cancer. Many people regret not knowing how to help a loved one when they are diagnosed with cancer. The following are some of the things you can do to offer your support to a cancer patient:

Get the Best Treatment

One of the best things you can do to help out a cancer patient is get them the best possible treatment. Getting a second opinion on a loved one’s condition and researching for other treatment options can also go a long way in securing the best cancer treatment for your loved one. Massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, nutritional counseling, self-hypnosis, meditation and fitness programs help patients to endure cancer treatment, side effects of treatment and the symptoms of cancer. You only have one opportunity of getting your loved one the best cancer treatment and this is why you should be aggressive in finding reliable facilities such as Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care.

Be Present

The main hardship of handling a loved one who is suffering from cancer is not knowing what to tell them. You need to understand that there is no way you can reverse a person’s diagnosis and there is no way you can endure the pain on their behalf. The only thing you can do for them is help them heal by giving them emotional, spiritual and social support.

Take Them to Appointments

Attend doctor appointments with your loved one. Hospitals can cause one to be tense if they are alone. When visiting the doctor with your loved one, be sure to ask questions, take notes but leave the decision to the patient.

Offer Practical Assistance

Try focusing on the tangible, everyday activities that can make it easier for a loved one. This includes things like preparing meals, doing their housework, running their errands, helping out with child care.

Find Support

The popular saying “misery loves company”, is true to a very large extent. For a cancer patient, associating with other cancer patients can be a source of relief. Inquire from your cancer center where you can get support groups. If the patient does not want to be involved with support groups, your oncologist may be able to find you a patient with a similar condition and arrange for a one on one visit.

Living with a loved one who is suffering from cancer can be quite a traumatic experience. However, it would be regrettable not to offer them your complete support during their last days on earth. The following tips can help you deal with a family or friend who is battling cancer.

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