Posted in: Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
When someone you care about is diagnosed with cancer, you want to help but may be uncertain about exactly what to do. Cancer Immunotherapy offered by Cancer Healer Center will help to take care of the disease but we would like to tell you in what ways your help and support plays an important part in recovery of a cancer patients. Here are some tips.
- Be Truly Present - The major concern we find with people is that they don’t know what to say to cancer patients. The answer is that you do not have to worry about what to say, you just have to listen and care. Don’t try too hard to do or say the ‘right’ things. You cannot take away the diagnosis or you cannot endure the cancer treatment for them. But you can help facilitate the healing by offering emotional, social and spiritual support. All sometimes the cancer patients needs is to sit beside a loved one - someone to listen and talk to and help you get through by just being with you.
- Send gifts - The cancer specialist in India say that sending flowers, cards, candles, books, games or anything which is fun, comforting and delicious can perk up a patient - especially when someone is feeling low.
- Become a cancer treatment friend - Accompany the cancer patient to doctor visits and screenings. Long hours and boredom await a patient in going through cancer treatment. Waiting to see a doctor or receive therapy is not uncommon. Depending on your relationship with the patient, it is helpful to have someone else in room to take notes since it is difficult to absorb everything that the physician says.
- Conduct Research - A patient can feel overwhelmed with the information one needs to amass and understand in order to make the major decisions. One may need to determine the best cancer doctors, surgeons and hospitals. Friends and family can conduct Internet research through trusted cancer sites such as Cancer Healer Center. Once you collect the information, condense it for the patient to make it easier.
- Become the point person - Serve as the central figure to coordinate volunteer efforts. The point person can not only assign tasks and create schedules but can also update others about the patient’s status. This may prevent the patient from being inundated with phone calls.
- Help in Practical Ways - Practical help with everyday tasks can help people with cancer and their caregivers. While you are doing the day to day work, the cancer patients can focus on treatment and much needed rest. Find something you can do and suggest if you can do it for them. Some ideas are listed below by Cancer Healer Center :
- Drive to and from medical appointments.
- Offer to do the household chores.
- Prepare meals which the family can freeze and reheat.
- Help look after children.