As well as the physical effects of cancer and treatment, there are also emotional and practical effects. When you are first diagnosed with cancer, there tends to be a focus on the medical side of the illness. But a cancer diagnosis also affects other parts of your life. This can include your family, finances, friendships, household tasks, and being able to sleep.
Many cancer survivors who have finished treatment have said that it is important to notice all of these areas throughout your cancer journey. You need to take care of yourself, and ask for extra support as you need it. Adjust your commitments to account for the time and energy it takes to go through treatment. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. It simply reflects how much a cancer diagnosis demands.
Princess Margaret Patient and Family Library has many resources and information. Learn about rides to appointments by the Canadian Cancer Society, or free childcare at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre during your appointments. There are even free house cleaning services while you are getting chemotherapy.
Patient Education Classes at Princess Margaret can give you practical tips to help you cope with your cancer experience, including helping you prepare to manage your daily life with the extra demands of treatment. You can bring a family member or friend with you to the classes.
Tips For You From Patients for advice from other cancer patients on how to care for yourself.
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