Beginning treatment maybe daunting and anxious time. Knowing how to prepare and what to expect during treatment can help decrease these feelings, as well as focusing on your mental health. Learning how to cope and reduce anxiety and depression can benefit you greatly!
By going into treatment with a calm and relaxed mind will help bring positivity and can even reduce some of the side effects created by treatment. Not knowing is what can make stress worse, so it's important to know how treatment will work, what options you have and what help you can get.
You may feel like you have no control, but you can get some control back. The more you know the more involved you will feel with your treatment. Start off by creating a plan for treatment with your doctor. Discuss the following points:
- What will happen during treatment?
- How long treatment will take.
- What the potential side effects are.
- What is the ultimate goal of your treatment?
Having a plan will lower your anxiety and answer some questions you may have. You will also be able to plan around your day to day life to make things easier. But not all frustration and anxiety before and during treatment is actually about cancer, but about the practical concerns. It can become hard to come to terms that you might not be able to do everything, but always remember it is okay to ask for help!
To make life easier and more comfortable, think about how you will take care of yourself at home. What are the things you might need help with?
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If you are having chemo, the first 48 hours after treatment, small amounts of chemotherapy drugs will leave your body through urine, vomit and other body fluids. It is important to keep these chemicals away from yourself and others in your home. Ask your doctor if you have any questions or check out our 'Chemotherapy Safety at Home' blog post.