Recovering from Breast Cancer
|By Carolyn Wick, Purchasing Team Lead on Thursday, October 6, 2011|
|Like all diseases, breast cancer can be broken down into several phases, and the recovery phase of breast cancer is just as important as the initial diagnosis.||
When people talk about breast cancer, the most overlooked part is the recovery stage. The thing with this kind of cancer, you see, is that it has had a rising rate of recoveries since the 1990s. Experts attribute this fact to the great advancements in treatment methods as well as the massive information drive that is going around as of late. These help people to spot any signs of breast cancer early on, giving them better odds at surviving the fatal disease.
Although recovering from breast cancer is a very joyous and happy thing, everyone knows that it is not the end yet. The reality is, there are odds that the cancer will come back, taking the patient and her loved ones back to the roller coaster ride known as the treatment process. Thinking about this right after going through it can be emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing, which is why more strength is required from the patient and her loved ones at this point.
The very first thing that a patient needs to know about cancer recurrence is what exactly it is. Cancer can come back in different ways. Most relapses also occur at least after a year of completion of a successful cancer treatment.
Sadly, the statistics of breast cancer remission and re-occurrence are very hard to determine. Some women who received successful treatment get to live the rest of their lives cancer free, while others have to deal with the disease again just when they thought they were over it. This is why being on the lookout is highly important among survivors. It can be even more essential for them than those who are still about to be diagnosed with the disease. It is very critical to monitor the area where the first cancer was found or, more importantly, your other breast. Any abnormal changes in its appearance can be a sign of recurrence, so make sure to watch out for anything.
Another great way to handle and prepare for recurrence is through the aid of after care and survivor programs. These institutions can be an excellent support systems for your recovery, helping you cope with the experience and emotions, as well as monitor your current condition. They can also give you more information about how to prepare for best and worst case scenarios and can help guide your experience from one step to the next.
Working closely with your doctor can be another thing that could help you in your recovery. It's not surprising that cancer survivors are still subjected to regular checkups, so make sure to go to each and every one of them, no matter how stressful they can be.
Keeping your body healthy is also very important. After being through various kinds of treatments, your body will most likely be weaker than it originally was before the disease kicked in. This is why having a healthy diet and the right amount of physical activity is also necessary. Just make sure not to overexert yourself, though, as that can add more troubles to your recovery.
Maintaining a healthy weight is very important in recovering cancer patients as well. Healthy weight helps in stabilizing the hormones, and as breast cancer is hormone-related, it's just wise to do anything that will not affect these things in a bad way. This is also one of the best reasons why staying in shape can boost your recovery efforts.
Many patients who have overcome breast cancer want to just go back to their normal lives. Of course, this is highly possible, although, precaution is strongly advised. Keeping yourself healthy and being on the lookout should be the number one priority at this stage. Trying to do this immediately after a successful treatment can also be risky. You may not be stable enough, both physically and emotionally, for the world right after going through a lot, so give yourself time to recuperate. Again, support groups and expert assistance are useful in cases like these, and you can always easily find them as there are lots available nowadays.
To boost your odds when it comes to breast cancer recovery, make sure to try to learn more about this particular stage of cancer treatment. There are a lot of useful materials available today, most of them are easily accessible through the internet, so take advantage of this and help yourself overcome with this ailment entirely.
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