Tag: cancer patient

How to cope while waiting for test results

Feeling worried or anxious is a common reaction to cancer. These feelings come from uncertainty about the future and can occur at various points during your diagnosis and treatment. Most people feel especially anxious when they are waiting for the results of tests that will tell them if the cancer has spread or gotten worse…. Read more »

It was important to push myself as much as I could

Contributed by: Kathryn Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2010 Kathryn is a 48-year-old woman from Minnesota.  She describes her approach to two chronic pain conditions, reflex sympathetic dystrophy/ complex regional pain syndrome, [RSD/CRPS], a neuropathic pain condition, and post-chemotherapy neuropathy, by knowing that her pain does not mean that her body is continuing to be injured. I’ve… 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 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 lung cancer

What is lung cancer? Lung cancer starts in the tissues of the lungs, usually in the cells that line the air passages. It’s diagnosed by looking at some of these cells under a microscope. There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell and non-small cell. Eighty percent of people with lung cancer have… Read more »

Managing pain due to colorectal cancer

What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer includes cancer of the large intestine (the long, muscular tube at the lower end of the digestive system) and the rectum (the last six inches of the colon, where waste leaves the body). Colorectal cancers often start as small, noncancerous growths called polyps. If polyps are found during a… Read more »

Managing pain due to breast cancer

What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Malignant (cancerous) tumors are most often found in the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and sometimes in the lobules (glands that produce milk).When cancer spreads outside of a duct or gland to other breast tissue, it’s called… Read more »

Understanding metastasis

When cancer spreads: metastasis Cancer usually starts as a tumor in an organ or tissue of the body — except for leukemia or lymphoma, where it affects the blood cells instead. When cancer spreads to other parts of the body beyond the area where it began, it is called metastasis (pronounced meh-TAS-tuh-sis). When cancer is found in… Read more »

Things to be aware of around children

As a parent, you want to protect your children from being hurt or upset. If you have cancer, though, it could be hard to keep your children from learning about your illness. There will be many facts about your diagnosis and treatment that you’ll need to share with your family. Talking to everyone openly and… Read more »

Pain treatment options for cancer

Cancer isn’t always painful, but then again, everyone handles pain differently. You are the only one who truly knows when you’re in pain; it’s important to tell your doctor or nurse when it happens, so that you can manage it together. Keep in mind, though: Treatments that work well for one person might not work… Read more »