Cancer After Treatment

by Sam Malone


Knowing the fact that a person has cancer and living with it daily is definitely not a small thing. The disease dominates the life of a person to such an extent that the normal lifestyle and routines are scattered and to get them back to regular routine needs time. Taking care of the following points will make the situation better –

Follow up appointments

After the complete treatment of cancer, regular follow up is needed; generally a person may need to visit a specialist every 3-4 months at first and then 1 or 2 times in a year later. For support and comfort it is better to take a friend or a family member along. Cancer reoccurrence is a common fear in the patients mind, but keeping a watch on the signs of cancer will help. After complete treatment, a specialist may request tests for some form of cancers that are necessary.

Diet

Often during a cancer treatment, the dietician may advise a high calorie, high protein diet. But a person can return to a more balanced diet after the treatment ends. Try to include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, and moderate amounts of dairy products and low fat meat. Cut down the amount of fats and sugar as far as possible. A healthy diet is very important to get back your body in a better shape after cancer treatment. Start with regular simple and familiar recipes. Although eating related side effects of cancer fades in most of the cases, some might have problems like weight loss, loss of appetite and nausea even after the treatment. A specialist may be able to help such eating related problems.

Sexual problems

Most of the people may experience sexual problems after cancer treatment. Many people get suspicious, anxious and lack desire after treatment, if it has changed the physical appearance of a person. A person may feel worried about his/her partner’s reaction. It is very important to be honest and share the feeling with the partner. Don’t get embarrassed to talk sexual problems with a specialist, as some cancer treatments cause vaginal dryness in women (even after the drugs are stopped) or impotence in men (after prostate cancer surgery), so its important to deal with these issues as sex is one of the many important ways to maintain intimacy with a partner.

Workplace challenges

It may take time for both, a people and his/her colleagues to get adjusted with the situation if a person chooses to resume work after treatment. There might be some temporary change in the relationships with the co-workers or the employer, but it will depend on a person what he chooses; it can be discussing the illness and experience with the co-workers and answering their questions or just keeping quiet.

Have a positive attitude and deal with the problems efficiently. If a person has survived cancer and cancer treatment, he/she will definitely take care to keep it at bay.


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