Cancer is one of the severe condition where the cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. 1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. It is hard to believe that there are more than 200 types of cancer and each requires different type of diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the cancer symptoms are –
- unexplained bleeding
- appearance of a sudden lump on the body or
- changes in bowel habits
Cancer treatment which include surgeries are usually painful and traumatic to the patients and the family members. Across the world, top 4 types of cancer identified are Skin cancer, Lung cancer, Prostate cancer and Breast cancer. There are some alternative forms of treatment which are administered by native methods in some countries which have proved to show some improvements and in some cases bring in a complete cure. However, cancer still remain as one of the dreadful health condition known to mankind. Research shows that making some simple changes to lifestyles like eating healthy, refraining from smoking and indulging in regular exercises can significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer .
Caring for people with cancer can be difficult for family members. Regular forms of care under such circumstances can be –
- periodic administering of medication
- some basic medical support like wounds dressing etc
- personal care, if needed, such as bathing, changing clothes or help going to the toilet in certain serious cases
- emotional support from family members helps a great deal post chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery
- help to move safely around the home
- running petty errands, such as buying medicines and shopping for food or assist during hospital visits and so on
Main element a carer can offer to cancer patients are companionship filled with compassion which will help ease the physical and emotional pain and regain the much needed determination to live life.
Reading the motivational stories of people who have won the battle against cancer brings in a positive feeling and trust in the treatment process, which is the basic step towards getting cured.
Believe you can and you are half way there! – Theodore Roosevelt