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When we go to the doctor and get a diagnosis of cancer we often panic; our mind sometimes go into over-drive and conjures up the worst case scenarios. First, it is important to know that millions of people survive cancer in the long-term and have good quality of life after treatment. Yes, treatment is sometimes debilitating, but not always. Even when treatment is debilitating we can and do survive them. One of the most significant challenges faced by those with the diagnosis is making the best decisions possible about how to proceed. Second, it is always best to build a support system: at least two people who can take the journey with you. It is important to have at least one person who can accompany you to every doctor's appointment.
People suffering from cancer often get conflicting information from different doctors. It is not easy to keep all of the information in mind in a straightforward manner. The stress associated with the various treatment options often makes it difficult to seek through all of the information we have and make the best decisions; this is why it helps to have someone else present to take notes and remember most of what the doctors said.
There are many variables in every individual case; these variables can significantly affect the outcomes for each person. It is important to understand that some of the finer points in what doctors recommend to patients depend on the doctors' training, medical philosophy and where they practice. It may also depend on which research programs doctors are involved in. It is helpful to get second opinions and do your own reading search. Before making a decision about treatment options, ask questions; do not be intimidated.
There are some standard facts for each individual. One of these facts is: there are inherent benefits to good nutrition and regular exercise. The web sites linked below provide information about diet and nutrition as well as information about health research. At OneWorld Progressive Institute we encourage our readers to take one step at a time so as not to become overwhelmed by too many details.
We start with something simple: the need to MOVE. This is important at every stage of diagnosis, decision- making and health maintenance. It is particularly important if you have recently had surgery; try walking 20 - 30 mins morning and evening. Drink water (even small amounts) several times daily. Sit on the floor and try to gently stretch your arms and legs to help your joints remain supple. Check out the links below, one at a time, to read some of the information provided. Third, find a confidant, someone you trust and with whom you feel comfortable sharing. We will be back with more details at a later date.
ONCOLOGY NUTRITION –ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
Nutrition and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment: Answers to Common Questions
Exercise for Cancer Patients: Fitness After Treatment
Exercise can help cancer patients maximize health for the long term. Here's how to get started. http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/exercise-cancer-patients
OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc is NOT affiliated with any medical centers or medical groups. Our only intent is to bring the community the best, most reliable and straightforward information we can find to enhance health and well-being and improve education. We firmly believe that Knowledge (when applied) is Powerful.