Despite the many advancements in the field of oncology, which have contributed to the high survival rates of various kinds of cancer, receiving a diagnosis can be overwhelming. Even if your doctors caught the disease early and you have a good prognosis, coping with the news is challenging. Below, the compassionate team at Integrative Medicine of New York, PLLC, in Westbury shares a few tips for handling the emotional aftermath of learning you have cancer.
How to Cope With the News
1. Research the Disease
It’s a natural first response to want to remove yourself from the subject, but many patients find that researching the disease and its many treatment modalities gives them some sense of control. Start by talking to your oncology team, and if you feel you can handle more information after they answer your questions, turn to the various resources they offer.
2. Take Care of Yourself
Depression is common following any major diagnosis. However, it is especially important to take good care of yourself. Do at least one activity each day that makes you happy, like reading, drawing, or watching a movie. You should also make it a point to eat a balanced diet, get in some light exercise, and spend time with loved ones whenever possible. Otherwise, you may end up isolating yourself, which will only make the depression worse.
3. Focus on What You Can Control
You may not be able to control how the cancer responds to various treatments, but you can control what you do every day, which has a considerable effect on both your physical health and emotional well-being. It is common for people who receive a cancer diagnosis to reassess their priorities. Once you determine what matters most, find ways to prioritize it. If you prefer to travel, talk to your doctor about possible timelines. If you want to spend time with the grandchildren, try to arrange more visits in the coming months.
If you recently received a cancer diagnosis, turn to the oncology team at Integrative Medicine of New York, PLLC. Located on Long Island, they are proud to treat patients throughout the tri-state area. Dr. Jesse A. Stoff, MD, HMD, FAAFP, DABAM, has extensive experience in clinical immunology and onco-immunology. Visit the practice online to learn more about the holistic approach they take to combating cancer, or call (516) 759-4200 to make an appointment today.