During cancer treatment, it’s important to adopt a fighting spirit and recognize that you are not alone. Joining you on this journey are caregivers, family, friends and your healthcare team. The Jones Clinic staff realizes the important role they play in guiding you through this difficult time. Never underestimate the strength that can come from having a caring support network by your side. Below are some tips for improving your cancer treatment.
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and result in an onset of many emotions. Learning more about your diagnosis and treatment options can help resolve some of these feelings and help you feel more in control. The Jones Clinic recommends consulting various resources to research your specific type and stage of cancer.
Your healthcare team should always be your primary resource for information; however, reputable books, trusted websites and other patients with your disease can provide support and information as well. As you research, be sure to write down specific questions that only your physician can address and bring them to your next appointment. Our healthcare team is happy to make recommendations on reputable support organizations and websites to get you started.
Designate a large folder or binder to keep all the paperwork and information you collect, such as lab and test results, patient paperwork, insurance information, medical bills, questions and notes from doctor appointments and additional information.
Designate a large folder or binder to keep all the paperwork and information you collect, such as lab and test results, patient paperwork, insurance information, medical bills, questions and notes from doctor appointments and additional information. There are several items in our new patient packet to help you get organized.
Deciding On Your Treatment
It is important that you and your caregivers understand your treatment options so you can make informed decisions, along with your Jones Clinic physician. Make sure you understand the ultimate goal of specific treatments as well as the risks and benefits associated. Benefits such as curing your cancer, extending your life or relieving symptoms should be weighed against the risks associated. Some risks may include time away from work and loved ones, discomforting side effects or unforeseen complications. This knowledge and understanding should help you decide what treatment options are right for you.
Prepare a Treatment Bag
Some treatments can take a while, and you may find yourself feeling uncomfortable, restless or even bored. Be prepared for those times by packing a tote or backpack filled with things that will help you deal with the not-so-pleasant treatment experiences. Here are some suggested items you may want to consider.
- Music player and headset loaded with your favorite music
- iPad or tablet and other electronic devices for reading/internet surfing
- Sweater or jacket and comfortable clothes
- Blanket and pillow
- Magazines or books
- Crossword puzzle or other activities
- Notepad or journal and a pen
- Water bottle