Do’s and Don’ts

Helping to cope with cancer.

Do’s

  • Rely on ways of coping that have helped you solve problems and crises in the past.
  • Deal with cancer one day at a time
  • Use support and self-help groups if they make you feel better
  • Find a doctor who lets you ask all of your questions
  • Explore spiritual and religious beliefs and practices such as prayer that may have helped you in the past
  • Keep a notebook of your doctors numbers, dates of treatment, lab values, x-rays, scans, symptoms, side effects, medicines, and general medical status
  • Keep a journal if you find need to express yourself without holding back

Don’ts

  • Don’t believe the old saying that “cancer equals death”
  • Blame yourself for causing your cancer
  • Feel guilty if you can’t keep a positive attitude all the time, especially when you don’t feel so well
  • Suffer in silence
  • Be embarrassed to seek counseling with a mental health expert for anxiety or depression that disrupts your sleep, eating , ability to concentrate or function normally
  • Keep your worries or symptoms (physical or psychological) secret from the person closest to you
  • Abandon your regular treatment for an alternative therapy

Source: The American Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network booklet: Distress : Treatment guidelines for cancer patients: Version I, July 2004.

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