FAQ: Self-care for cancer patients

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Undergoing treatment for cancer isn’t easy. Making sure to take care of yourself while getting chemo is one way to feel better and stay strong. And, when it comes to self-care for cancer patients, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Experts with experience helping people cope during their cancer journeys have many different recommendations for what can bring comfort.

In this blog post, we’ll cover tips to help you maintain resilience and stay hopeful. Review their suggestions and then determine which ones make the most sense for you.

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What happens after a cancer diagnosis, and where can I go for support?

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Learning you or a loved one has cancer is an emotional event. Understandably, you may be wondering what happens after a cancer diagnosis.

While each patient’s cancer journey is a little bit different, it can help to get a general idea of what happens next and where to find cancer care resources.

In this article, we’ll discuss the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, what to expect with different cancer treatments, and how to get the information and support you need.

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Cervical cancer: warning signs & essential screenings

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Pre-cancer and cervical cancer warning signs are always easiest to treat when spotted early before they’ve had a chance to spread and grow.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2021, around 15,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and some of those cases are tied to human papillomavirus, also known as HPV.

Keep reading to learn about how to prevent cervical cancer, why you should get the HPV vaccine, and which regular screenings help spot pre-cancers.

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Coping with cancer: healing and mental health

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This article is part of the Complete Guide to Cancer Care.

Worried, anxious, sad, afraid ... it’s normal to experience all kinds of feelings during your cancer journey. From diagnosis and treatment to remission and survival, every step of the battle can feel like you’re on a rollercoaster of emotions.

Cancer doesn’t just attack your body. Going through a stressful cancer journey can also affect your mind.

Coping with a diagnosis is never easy. That’s why taking care of your emotional and mental health is an essential ingredient in the healing process. In fact, in some cases, how well you handle stress from having cancer can even shape your outcome.

Keep reading for tips on what you can do to help make healing from cancer less stressful.

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How a cancer diagnosis will impact your life

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This article is part of the Complete Guide to Cancer Care.

For most patients, a cancer diagnosis comes out of the blue. Not having any warning means that most people—understandably—have many questions about what comes next.

After you have taken the time to learn more about what type of cancer you have and whether it’s aggressively spreading or growing slowly, you’ll need to start thinking about what you want to do.

Keep reading for answers to common questions often asked by people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer.

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