Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

 

Coping with a Cancer DiagnosisOne of the hardest parts to deal with is the shock after the news of the diagnosis. Some patients will go through a deep and long depression. Others may even contemplate suicide.. The whole perspective of your life may change and it is important to learn appropriate coping mechanisms.  Also, gather the facts as the cancer may be very treatable and curable.

“Receiving your diagnosis

The C-word fills most people with dread. According to a recent survey, the majority of people asked said that getting cancer was their number one fear. So it’s understandable that receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be very daunting.

‘When people hear they have cancer, they think the worst really,’ says Jane Fide, head of Maggie’s cancer support centre in Cheltenham. Fide has supported many people in the centre after their diagnosis. ‘It’s shock, horror. Cancer has such scary connotations. But most people want to say ‘OK, I’ve got cancer’ and get out of the hospital so that they can take in what’s happening.’

When you’re home, it’s time to digest the information you’ve received. ‘Once the initial shock has subsided, there is sometimes a flood of emotions that can be hard to deal with. But that’s normal. It takes awhile for you to absorb the information and come to terms with the situation,’ explains Fide.”

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Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton