Tag: cancer support

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 »

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 »

Coping with pain after cancer surgery

Cancer surgery is scary for most people. You might worry about what will happen during the operation. You may wonder what the surgeon will find, and whether you’ll be in pain afterwards. It’s common to feel alone at this time, and to be anxious about the future. This article will help you to understand the… Read more »

Cancer-related fatigue

How is cancer-related fatigue different from just being tired? Most people are tired after work or exercise, but resting or sleeping can usually make them feel better again. Cancer-related fatigue is different, though: It can be an overwhelming, daily lack of energy that is not helped by rest or sleep. Cancer-related fatigue is not only… Read more »

Understanding cancer stages

What is staging? No two cases of cancer are exactly alike. Some cancers are found early, and others aren’t noticed until the cancer has metastasized (spread past the place in the body where it first started). Staging is the system doctors use to learn how much a cancer has spread. Once doctors know the cancer’s stage, they can come… Read more »

Facing the different cancer stages with your family

Cancer is an illness that no one should have to handle alone. Trying to manage on your own can add to the stress of being sick. If it’s hard to ask for help, keep in mind that some people want to lend a hand, but that they may not know what’s needed. Try making a… Read more »

Caring for children when you have cancer

As a parent, you’re used to caring for your children and putting their needs first. As a parent with cancer, though, you may wonder how you’ll go through treatment and still be able to look after your children. It won’t be easy, and there will be times when you’ll feel guilty by making your treatment… Read more »

Explaining cancer to young children

Cancer can be a tough disease for people to understand, because there are so many different types of cancer and ways to treat it. Even though your health care team has explained the diagnosis to you, and has made suggestions about your treatment, you may still have a lot of questions. How will you explain… Read more »

Do I tell my young children that I could die?

Most people who are diagnosed with cancer worry about dying. But grown-ups’ thoughts about dying might not be the same as children’s thoughts – especially if those children are still small. For example, your very young children might get upset if they’re away from you for a while, but they won’t understand what a lasting… Read more »