Cancer Patients Need Emotional And Psychological Support From Family and Friends
A cancer diagnosis is a devastating moment in someone's life, and it can be extremely stressful for the patient. Coping with the emotional and psychological effects of cancer, like depression and anxiety, can be difficult. Family and friends of cancer patients are also largely affected by this terrible illness. A spouse or a friend plays a critical role in the fight against cancer. Emotional support, or any support, of family members and friends, can help cancer patients cope more efficiently with the disease. Empathy and thoughtfulness are especially important when helping a friend or loved one cope with cancer. Our words and actions may not cure the disease, but they can help on the path to recovery.
When diagnosed with any type of cancer, most patients fear the future prognosis, pain or the outcome. Most cancer patients go through similar treatment - surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy which have many side effects such as hair loss, sickness, nausea, and fatigue. Finding motivation to keep fighting and moving on can be rather difficult, especially when treatment isn’t giving the desired results. Family members and friends should acknowledge the patient’s feelings and thoughts. They should motivate the cancer patient to keep going with the treatment and don’t give up. The best way to motivate someone is through your encouraging words and actions.
Some of the best therapy is just being there to listen to them. The right way to do it is by being an active listener and equally participating in the conversation by asking questions. Family and friends should carefully listen to a person that is affected by cancer. Cancer patients have thousands of negative thoughts and fears going inside their head, so sharing them with others will help them reduce anxiety and stress. Try to offer encouraging advice rather than just agreeing with them. But, keep in mind, it can be hard to put yourself in their shoes so it is essential that you remain sympathetic and attempt to understand.
Talking about topics other than cancer is equally important. Breaking the news is probably the hardest part for everyone. Family and friends should be careful because patients often feel uncomfortable communicating openly and talking about it.
A change in attitude and behavior is common for all cancer patients. Some people decide to avoid everyone and stay isolated. That usually leads to depression and other more serious mental health problems. Because of this, it’s important to empower them with words and to sympathize with their condition by talking through it. Let them set the tone of the conversation and just follow them. However, it should be noted not to be too intrusive, and to avoid comparisons. Moreover, people close to a cancer patient, like a marriage partner, should encourage his or her spouse to talk openly about fears and concerns. People often need a break from talking and constant thinking about cancer. Talking about anything other than cancer will help distract them from all the negative thoughts.