Cancer Coping Mechanisms

Cancer is such a horrific disease that it not only affects the person who goes through it but his/her near and dear ones as well. The battle against cancer requires determination, hope, peace, and inner strength along with medication. Learning that you or your loved one has cancer is a difficult experience. After your cancer diagnosis, you may feel anxious, afraid or overwhelmed and wonder how you can cope during the days ahead. 

Getting the needed basic and useful information about a cancer diagnosis is very important in order for you to make decisions about your health. You should write down the questions below and ask yourself if you’re handling cancer the right way or not:

  • Is my cancer curable?
  • How will I go through the process?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • Will the treatment work for me?
  • What could be the possible side effects of the treatment?
  • What can I do to prevent my cancer from recurring?
  • How likely are my children or other family members to get cancer?

Everybody deals with cancer differently because the impact it has on an individual varies briefly. Some people want all the facts and details, so they can be very involved in the decision-making process, while others prefer to learn the basics and leave the details and decisions to their doctors. You should determine whichever approach works best for you to make the process simpler. 

Maintaining two-way communication with your loved ones, doctors and others post your cancer diagnosis is also very crucial. You may feel like being alone in the process and try to put up a strong front, but always remember that your close ones care for you and they would like to be as involved in the process as you are. 

Try to prepare your mind for the physical changes that are most likely to occur in your body post getting diagnosed with cancer. Seek information from your doctor for all the possible changes you will experience in the body and just go with the flow. 

By maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle, you’ll be able to cope with cancer even better as it will provide you with the energy your body very well needs in the process. Choosing a healthy diet consisting of a variety of foods and getting adequate rest helps you a lot to manage the stress and fatigue of cancer and its treatment. Exercise also plays an important role in keeping you healthy while battling cancer. People who maintain some physical exercise during treatment not only cope better but may also live longer.

Just as every cancer patient’s treatment is different, so should be the coping strategy. Some ideas that may help you are:

  • Practice meditation to calm your mind and body. 
  • Talk to your close ones about your feelings and emotions. 
  • Keep a journal in order to organise your thoughts.
  • Find a source that connects with you on a spiritual level.
  • Manage alone time to cope with the ailment. 
  • Keep yourself distracted with work and enjoyable activities as much as you can. 

Also try to find solace in what made you happy before you had cancer and try to enjoy that in life, whether it be a close friend, a partner, an inspiration, an activity, or anything.
But last of all, do not lose hope. Hope is the ultimate coping mechanism you can possess to get over cancer.