When one of your loved ones receives a cancer diagnosis, it’s a life changing and terrifying ordeal to go through. We were thrust into a new world with lots of confusing terminology, grim survivor rates and an uncertain future. It was a scary diagnosis, but it’s not always a fatal one as many jump to assume.
Many people who receive a cancer diagnosis simply live with it as a part of their daily lives. They undergo treatment or they are in remission. There are patients who were still going to work with a stage four diagnosis due to ongoing palliative care and symptom management. A diagnosis is not the end, it’s simply the beginning of a new reality. The new reality involves lots of diagnostic tests, waiting rooms, medications and many, many appointments. It can be a lot for one person to handle, which is why it’s important for you to be there for your loved one.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund there were an estimated 14.1 million cancer cases diagnosed around the world in 2012, and that number is expected to increase to 24 million by 2035. That means a lot more people and their loved ones will be going through this unfortunate experience.
Here are some tips on how you can best cope when someone close to you receives a cancer diagnosis.