Month: November 2008

School-age children: How to talk with them about pain

School-age children are very good at figuring out how their parents are feeling. They can also understand when a parent is in pain. Let your children know if pain is keeping you from your daily routines, or if it’s affecting your mood or your overall well-being. Talking about your pain It’s important to be honest… Read more »

School-age children: How should they be involved in my care?

How much your 6- to 12-year-old children should help in taking care of you at home depends on their ages and your relationship with them. School-age children can help, even though they might complain about it. How they can provide care Use these guidelines when figuring out how to involve your children in your at-home… Read more »

How to talk with my teenager about pain

Teenagers will sense and understand when you’re in pain, so it’s important to be honest with them about your experience. Talking about pain Teenagers understand medical facts, so you can be honest with them about what’s happening. You might tell your teenager, “My blood counts are down and I feel very tired today.” Have an… Read more »

How involved should my teenagers be in my care?

In general, children like to help their parents. When it comes to caring for you at home, though, how much should your teenagers be expected to help? The answer depends on the age of your teens, and on your relationship with them. Deciding to involve your teenagers Teenagers can and will help, even though they… Read more »

Do I tell my school-age children that I could die?

Most people who are diagnosed with cancer worry about dying. When your child hears about your illness, he may also start worrying about your chances of dying. Should you talk with him about it? While you decide whether or not to take that step, think about these issues: If your doctor is hopeful about your… Read more »

Nicotine and cancer treatment: An unhealthy combination

We all know that smoking can lead to lung cancer, but did you know that lung cancer can be harder to treat if you keep smoking after you’ve been diagnosed? Even though this information comes from a study that was done in a research lab, and not with people who actually have cancer, the results… Read more »

Coping with cancer through spirituality

Spiritual and religious practices and beliefs may help you to cope with the pain of cancer and with the uncertainty and fear of a cancer diagnosis. Many people rely on faith to make sense of their lives and to feel connected to others — but you may also be looking for a connection to something… Read more »

Cancer and depression

When you have cancer, you will feel down at times; this is perfectly normal. Your everyday life has suddenly changed, you face an uncertain future, and you may need treatment that will take several weeks or months. Even the most cheerful person would feel sadness, grief, and worry. In the beginning After you are diagnosed… Read more »

Cancer and anxiety

If you have cancer, there will probably be times when you feel worried and afraid. As a matter of fact, 44% of people with cancer say that they feel anxious at times, and 23% say that they have a great deal of anxiety. Reasons for anxiety can range from the fear of having cancer-related symptoms like nausea… Read more »

Managing pain due to prostate cancer

What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer forms in the prostate gland. The prostate gland is found in men, below the bladder and in front of the rectum; it makes and stores semen. Prostate cancer can range from slow-growing, which can be treated fairly simply, to a very aggressive type that calls for a mix of… Read more »