Living Life After Cancer
Cancer is a deadly disease that can take dozens of different forms. Fortunately, innovations in cancer diagnosis and treatment have allowed millions of cancer sufferers to defeat the disease and live long, active lives. If you have recently ended your cancer treatment and have also defeated your cancer diagnosis, you may be wondering what happens next. Below you can learn more about what you can expect from life after cancer.
Attend regular follow-up appointments with your doctor
Even though your treatment has come to an end, it is still important to see your cancer specialist regularly. Depending on your situation, you may need to visit with your physician every few months or possibly only a couple times per year. During your visit, your doctor will perform a physical exam and possibly some x-rays or blood tests. These visits also provide you with an excellent opportunity to bring up any health problems that you may be having or ask any questions that may arise between appointments.
Cope with any fear or anxiety that may be troubling you
It is completely natural to feel certain amounts of anxiety before you attend your follow-up visits. You may be afraid that your physician will notify you that your cancer has returned and that you must restart your treatment. Arming yourself with detailed information about your cancer, expressing your feelings to those close to you, staying active, and maintaining a positive attitude can help you to overcome these negative feelings.
Develop a wellness plan to improve your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health
One of the most important things you can do to improve your life after defeating cancer is to commit to improving your overall health. Develop a wellness plan that is focused on eliminating any bad habits that you may have and replacing them with healthy, positive ones.
At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center , we take a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer care. With the input from a variety of dedicated medical specialists, patients can benefit from a treatment plan that is customized for their needs and situation. If you would like to learn more about our comprehensive cancer care services, contact West Hills at (818) 676-4000.