Pancreatic cancer is a form of cancer that affects the pancreas which is an organ that produces pancreatic juices for the breakdown of fats during digestion. This type of cancer is not as common as breast, kidney, cervical and prostate cancers. Its survival rate is very minimal even when it is detected during the early stages and despite that there are pancreatic cancer survivors who made it through treatment and got cured and are back living a healthy life. There are strategies to embrace in order to survive the stress and anxiety that comes to you when you receive the diagnosis that you have cancer.
As much as it is a deadly disease, when you receive the correct treatment you will be able to survive. The treatments given will depend on the size of the tumor and extent of its spread, your general health condition and this will also include the complications that may arise from the treatments and your age.
Undergoing the pancreatic cancer treatments is not an easy task and it can be very daunting and depressing to the patient and this article will give you some tips from survivors on what they did to overcome the disease and survive it despite the increasing death rates from pancreatic cancer.
Urgent Treatment: All forms of cancers, pancreatic included require that you seek medical attention as soon as you receive the diagnosis. This will prevent the cancer from spreading further to other vital organs. Seek for professional doctors who have a wealth of experience in cancer treatments.
Research on the disease: As soon as you receive the doctor’s report that you have pancreatic cancer, it is important that you search for information about the disease. There are many sources of this information; you can start with the internet which is rich with informative details from very reliable websites. Ask your doctor for articles on the disease, read medical journals and magazines to enlighten yourself.
Join a support group: This will help you network with other pancreatic cancer survivors and receive encouragement, ask your family members and friends for information on support group available in your locality. As a pancreatic cancer survivor you will be able to also support cancer patients through encouragements.
Seek counseling: After going through the tedious and aggressive treatments and having survived, your motivation and energy levels may be so low that you don’t find any meaning to life. Talk to your doctor or family members for information on counseling where you can seek solace and advice.
Posted by on Jun.06, 2011, under information