What to Do After a Cancer Diagnosis

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

A cancer diagnosis is a subject that is sure to strike fear into seniors and their family members. It can be a scary time, but understanding what lies ahead can help relieve the stress. Preparing for the changes to come lessens the anxiety level and helps the senior cope.

1. See a Specialist

A cancer specialist is a highly skilled physician who has focused their practice towards a specified field. A second opinion is a way for people to receive confirmation about a diagnosis. It also helps them to become more informed about potential treatments. This may be a good time to decide on a doctor that will provide the care that matches the patient’s needs.

2. Take a Friend

The saying “two heads are better than one,” applies to just about everything, including doctor appointments. Going to any doctor’s appointment is stressful, but even more so if cancer is part of the equation. If possible, take a friend, family member, or at-home caregiver along so they can write down any pertinent information. These people are there as a support system and to help remember treatment options.

3. Learning to Cope

There are support groups that help people cope with cancer. This is a way for them to join with others that are going through the same experiences. They can learn from each other and provide encouragement during this difficult time. Ask the doctor for recommendations, look online, or even check with a local Centennial elder care agency.

4. Take Charge

Some things may seem out of control, but managing a cancer diagnosis is the first step to getting life back on track. There are steps to take such as getting organized, staying informed, and doing personal research that will help put the patient in the driver’s seat. Not everything can be controlled, but the things that can be should be.

Find additional support and resources by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can be present during doctor’s appointments, help with transitions from hospital to home, and assist with a number of everyday tasks at home. Learn more about our part-time, live-in, and respite care Centennial families trust by calling our office today at 303.957.3100. We are here to help.

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