18. PTC Cancer Life Phases: Recovery

18. PTC Cancer Life Phases: Recovery

Once you've lived through the first three life stages of dealing with cancer - PREVENTION, DIAGNOSIS and TREATMENT, we face long term recovery and practices that make that the best living possible, hopefully, cancer-free for many, many years.  Those practices include maintaining vigilance of PREVENTION with regular self-exams and periodic testing to continue to catch any future cancers early on with a prompt DIAGNOSIS and TREATMENT. The following will help live beyond that TREATMENT experience with long term RECOVERY . . . 

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Overview

A cancer diagnosis can affect every aspect of the patient's life, including work, financial issues, appearance and sexuality. Coping with cancer treatment is never easy, but following healthy lifestyle practices, like eating right, exercising, and dealing with your emotions can help. There are also many treatment options for easing cancer pain. Cancer caregivers should also be sure to look after themselves to keep up with this demanding role.

Recovery can be very easy, or a big challenge. Having supportive people around you can be a really good way to cope with the stress and fear you might feel about recovery. Those people might also be able to help you with other daily tasks like helping to drive you to appointments or go to the store for you if you need that kind of help. Everyone recovers slightly differently, and each type of cancer treatment means a different kind of recovery. By taking care of yourself as best as you can, and having others around you to support you, you will help yourself have the best recovery you can.

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Cancer recovery by cancer type . . .

Start here with the recovery after the most common post-transplant cancer: skin cancer

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Click the kidney icon below to learn about recovery after post-transplant kidney cancer

 

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Click the liver icon below to learn about recovery after post-transplant liver cancer

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Click PTLD/blood icon below to learn about recovery from post-transplant blood & lymphoma/PTLD cancers


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Here are many more helpful topic links for your long-term recovery support:

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