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Your Next Steps after Being Diagnosed with Cancer

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After you have been diagnosed with cancer, there will be an assortment of different areas to cover from health coverage and insurance, family, friends, and your career. Just as it is difficult for you to get through this journey with cancer, it will also be difficult for those who are close around you and that you speak with every day at work or other places on a day-to-day basis. Here are a couple of different steps to help you get through your cancer.

A good relationship with your doctor

Make sure you have a good relationship with your doctor. Select an oncologist who you feel comfortable speaking with as far as your treatments and your future health. They should be able to explain everything clearly to you including what your exact diagnosis is and what your different treatment options are should you decide to or be able to continue with them. Your doctor should have a good bedside manner and also be someone who your family feels comfortable talking to as well.

What cancer could mean for your career

Because different cases of cancer can be at different stages and effect different parts of the body, you may feel that you are able to continue with your career as usual or you may find it difficult with the combination of different treatments such as chemotherapy which can make you feel weak and tired. Your human resource manager may do a presentation about cancer and the office so your coworkers know how to behave accordingly. Some people may have fears that cancer can spread through contact or they are not sure what your exact diagnosis is. A presentation can help them ask any questions to may have and better understand the type of cancer that you have been diagnosed with if you wish to share it openly with everyone.

How cancer can affect your friends and family

Friends and family members will want to be there with you 100% of the way. Of course you will want and need your alone time, but be sure to include them in on your life after you have been diagnosed with cancer as well. Allowing them to help you will help them in return because they will fell like they are doing something for you. Even the simplest tasks such as doing your errands or making you dinner will help them feel like they are doing something to make you feel more comfortable.

Even you wish to have a family someday or to have more children after you are done with your cancer treatments, consider what your fertile future will look like for you, your spouse or partner. As you grow older, especially for women, your chances of having children decreases because you have fewer eggs that can be fertilized. After menopause around the age of 50 years, you will not carry any more eggs. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can significantly affect the health of a man’s sperm. Consider freezing eggs or sperm and place them into a bank. That way once your treatments are over, you will have the option to have a child or more children someday.

Daily life-do the activities you love to do

Everyone will feel different after they have been diagnosed with cancer, but for the most part, they might feel hopeless or that they can never life a normal life again. Still continue to do the activities you love to do if you current state allows it from light activity, music, art, crafts, cooking, or traveling.

If you still have questions about what your next steps will be after being diagnosed with cancer, speak with someone you trust such as a close family member, friend, or a therapist who will listen to you and help you with anything you are concerned about.

Common Illnesses for the Elderly

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Understanding care for the elderly means that you have to get a grasp of common illnesses that affect this age group. It is very important that the elderly keep up with regular doctor’s appointments, follow their healthcare professional’s advice, and get health problems checked out quickly. If you are caring for an elderly parent or family member or you are a senior citizen who is curious about your own health needs, you should be aware of problems that are likely to occur at this time of life. Some illnesses, like the flu or food poisoning, that might be a temporary setback at thirty can quickly prove deadly for elderly populations. We explore some of the most common health concerns for the elderly below.

Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease is the number one illness that affects elderly patients. In fact, it is the number one killer of the general population. Although some people are genetically predisposed to heart disease because of other health conditions, this disease is mainly caused by a narrowing and hardening of the arteries because of fat deposits and cholesterol. Diet and exercise can help treat and prevent this illness if they are part of long-term habits. It is important for seniors to eat healthy foods and stay active, if they are able, to protect their hearts. Those who are elderly should not make rapid diet or exercise changes without consulting a physician.

Diabetes

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of type 2 diabetes because of the obesity rate in the American population. This disease was often commonly called adult onset diabetes in the past, but rampant obesity means that children and teenagers are now often diagnosed with this disease. Diabetes develops because the body does not produce or does not respond properly to insulin. The elderly are particularly at risk for this disease and from its more harmful side effects, including loss of consciousness, amputation, and death. Elderly patients with diabetes should carefully monitor their diet and blood sugar. Families should also be aware that although type 2 diabetes is often a problem for those who are overweight, even seniors who are thin are at risk for this illness.

The Flu

Particularly bad flu outbreaks can kill tens of thousands of individuals, even in our age of medical advancements. Children and the elderly are at the highest risk for complications and death resulting from the flu. This illness can lead to respiratory infections and pneumonia, both of which can be especially lethal to the elderly. Make sure that elderly family members get the flu vaccine each season and take colds and coughs seriously.

Cancer

Cancer is one of the number one killers of the general population, and it is especially common among elderly patients. Cancer can strike those with no family history of the disease and those who have maintained healthy habits. It is important to go to the doctor for regular screenings for common cancers, such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. Make sure that any changes in the body or levels of energy are discussed with your doctor.

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