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Psychological Cares to Recurrent Cancer

  This kind of situation happens very often: when the treatment process of cancer is undergoing very smoothly or when the patient’s body condition is miraculously improved, cancer recurred suddenly. In response, many patients may doubt the treatments of their physicians or even think that this is a punishment given by God, thus give up their lives psychologically. When cancer is recurring, how patients adjust their mentalities?

  In order to eliminate the fear of recurrence, patients should realize that the process of rehabilitation is not easy, which needs help from many aspects. Patients should keep a positive attitude when pinning their hope on the medical treatments, since a good mental state is very beneficial to control the recurrence of cancer.

  You need to keep a few things by hearts as the followings if you are the patients:

  1.Seek help from the people who can help around you. Make your families, friends, doctors and the nurses understand your emotional needs and anxious state of mind, since your strength and courage of fighting against the desperate disease is coming from their generous love and support.

  2.Don't imagine recurrence to be the worst result. Please do keep a mind that fear and pain is temporary, and the troubles and despair it brings will also past.

  3.Don’t regard recurrence as the failure of treatments, but an alarm that remind you to pay attention to the following points:

  1)The problems of your primary tumor had not been fundamentally resolved. Please seek a further treatment from your doctor.

  2)You might need to relax.

  3)Maybe you are too eager to achieve a successful treatment effect which results in psychological stress and the discomforts. Doctors may remind you to make some changes in the ways of life after your treatment, and these changes need time to be completed but you are too eager to achieve a good effect. Haste makes waste, make it step by step.

  4)Did you relax your vigilance after receiving a period of effective cares? Some patients would give up the nursing principles that the doctors advised them to adhere after a period of effective cares, which may make the cancer recured.

  5)Keep your health as a priority value. Don't do things that obstruct the treatment of cancer and prevent your condition from rehabilitation.

  The aboves are only a part of the information about cancer recurrence, patients must actively cooperate with the medical treatment and explore their own psychological changes with the doctors together. In addition, patients need to carefully review their life and mood changes before the recurrence of cancer. To figure out what had happened, what kind of practice is different from that of the past, and the patient’s families and friends’ evaluation on them, which can be of great help to the check for the causes of recurrence and the adjustment of their own beliefs and ways of life.

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