Cancer is a particularly difficult beast to combat due to its many different iterations, different locations, and different baseline health. Every single person is more or less a unique case, and that’s not taking into account that some cancers are simply rare and challenging to treat due to a lack of research and funding. It’s easy to wonder how cancer does not yet have a miracle cure. So much money has gone into it, after all, but with over 100 forms of cancer (and billions of people with their own unique set of health differentials) it is not yet possible.
For those of you who have received a cancer diagnosis, however, rest assured that though there is not yet a miracle pill, there are many effective methods of treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation are, however, very hard on the body, which is why you will want to know this set of critical information before you start.
1. What to Expect From Your Treatment
Though some might not want to know their chances or to know the risks of cancer treatment, it is best you do. Or, at the very least, have a loved one know what to expect so, when you feel the ramifications of radiation, they can let you know that all is fine. It’s well within the norm and that you will get through it.
Either way, someone needs to know what to expect. If you don’t, then you could let a life-threatening complication arise unchecked just because you assumed it was a normal part of chemotherapy.
2. What Outlier Symptoms Can Occur
Not every unexpected symptom will be because the doctors have done something wrong. Sometimes the body reacts unexpectedly to treatment options. You do still need to contact your doctor immediately, of course. If it does turn out that you were given the wrong treatment or were misdiagnosed, however, that is when you need to contact The Medical Negligence Experts. Negligence occurs when the doctors have failed in their job, not when you experience uncommon but not unexpected side effects.
3. Who Your Doctors Are and Their Credentials
To go through the pain of cancer treatment, you need to believe it will work. For that to occur, you need to trust your doctor wholeheartedly. Talk with them, get to know them, know their credentials and ensure that they care about you.
4. How You Will Be Taken Home After Your Treatment
One practical step that your doctor will surely work out with you is how you intend to get home after treatment. You won’t be able to drive yourself, and will instead need an alternative means to get home. Some hospitals have a shuttle system that provides patients living nearby with a safe and free way to get home. In other cases, you will need to work out a system with a loved one.
5. How You Can Naturally Ease Symptoms At Home
It is best to try to alleviate symptoms naturally first, before resorting to medication. As such you will want to work out with your doctor how you can improve your diet and lifestyle to manage the symptoms better from the start.
Cancer is a difficult disease to beat. Go in with the right information and try your best to improve your health at home so that you can better manage the adverse side effects of standard treatment methods. If something does go wrong, knowing the side effects is the best way to spot an outlier and help you get the compensation and a new doctor you need faster.