Posted by: Florence | November 7, 2011

Talking Health

A new website where patients give interviews on their experience of health and illness has been set up. Patients share their views on smoking cessation, seeing the GP, investigations and treatment.

Here for example a patient describes the symptoms and signs of prostate cancer.

An excellent site.

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  1. After Cancer: Continuing Recovery

    With the help of modern medicine, more people are surviving cancer. Survival is an ongoing process that extends far beyond medical treatment. A cancer diagnosis often brings devastation and terror at first, but many people gain strength and insight from their illness in the long run. Feelings of normalcy and happiness can be regained. Physical health is not forever doomed by a run-in with cancer. Much can be done to maintain and improve both mental and physical health after treatment. This is a point proven by many strong survivors, so negative thoughts should be rebuked at every turn.

    Cancer treatment can involve various combinations of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, drugs or specialized therapies. Bolstering general health as much as possible during treatment makes the process easier and helps preserve the body’s resources for transitioning back into normal activity and life after finishing treatment. Side effects like pain, nausea, anemia and skin reactions can cause significant distress and should be reported and treated immediately to provide the highest possible level of comfort. Emotional symptoms are just as important and should not be neglected. Both professional therapy and talking to cancer survivors with similar experiences in support groups can be beneficial. With many online communities available, it is easy to find a group of people who have a wealth of reassurance, advice and support to offer.

    Approaching life after successful treatment of cancer can be challenging, and may reveal unexpected emotional scars as well as physical ones. However, no matter how distressing the battle is, there are ways to care for the emotions and body to encourage healing and stability. Some of them are simple. Time spent with loved ones and friends is notably therapeutic and should be prioritized. Laughter, affection and fun is highly recommended as a treatment for any and all phases of cancer recovery. A healthy diet and good sleeping habits are crucial for recovery and continued health. Both facilitate healing of tissues and improve all bodily functions; they also support the immune system which is often weakened both during and after chemotherapy and other treatments.

    A successful treatment is a new lease on life, and it offers the opportunity to make an investment in future health by removing dangerous or toxic habits. It’s the perfect time to stop smoking or treat other addictions. A gentle exercise routine should be started when the doctor approves. Natural supplements may be useful for regaining strength and health after treatment. All supplements should be taken under a doctor’s supervision for safety reasons.

    There are often obstacles and setbacks involved in recovering from cancer, so patience is required, but as time puts distance between the disease and the survivor, a healthy life balance can be attained.

    Trevor Bradshaw


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