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Cancer Supportive & Survivorship Care
Fifth Dimension Care
educational information to complement surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy and improve suvivorship.
The positive coping strategies we discuss below can promote your emotional well-being when dealing with cancer, and thereby enable you to feel more energetic and resilient. These effects may also enhance your immune system's response against cancer cells. The coping strategies suggested here are for all patients, whether you are newly diagnosed, undergoing medical treatment or dealing with the many stages of cancer, including terminal cancer.
1. Facing the Reality of Your Illness
Patients respond in different ways to their diagnosis, the initial medical work-up, subsequent test results and the implications of all that is happening to them. Many patients respond by confronting the full reality of their illness. They ask pointed and brave questions about the seriousness of their condition and the pros and cons of the various treatment options. They read up on these matters on their own. They react as if they are strongly motivated to know what they are facing. This way of coping has been found to promote their psychological adjustment.
2. Maintaining Hope and Optimism
After facing the reality of your illness, it would be good to feel optimistic about the future course of events. Not surprisingly, patients who are hopeful and optimistic show a better adjustment to their illness than patients who are pessimistic. It is important, however, that your optimism be realistic; otherwise it represents denial or wishful thinking. In most cases, there is a solid and realistic basis for a certain degree of hope and optimism.
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