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In Treatment For Cancer

Consider the practical aspects of being in treatment.

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Thinking through the practical aspects of your treatment will help prevent trying to catch up on things you could have taken care of when you were feeling better. For instance:
  • If you are going to have chemotherapy or radiation:
    • Think about how you are going to get to and from appointments. If needed, American Cancer Society can help arrange transportation. Call 800.ACS.2345
    • What changes should you start making in your diet to build your body with nutrients that the treatment may diminish?
  • Think about who will take care of your children while you are in treatment and during any recovery period(s).
  • What changes will be needed at work to accommodate the treatment schedule?
  • What arrangements need to be made at home? Many situations that used to require hospitalization can now be arranged at home thanks to visiting nurses, doctors who make house calls and home health aides. There are pros and cons for hiring health aides on your own or through an agency. In any event, learn tips such as putting all valuables, credit cards, checks and cash away before aides arrive.
  • How will bills be paid if you aren't feeling well enough to attend to them? This is not the time for your health insurance to be cancelled for lack of payment, or for your mortgage to go into default or to be behind in your rent if you can avoid it. (Family members or friends can pay bills for you. If none are available, you can hire a professional.)
  • If you are going to have surgery, learn how to choose a hospital, how to maximize your time in the hospital and how to avoid infection. Also find out what you should and should not be doing prior to surgery.

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