Having a doctor tell you that you have breast cancer can be devastating. After the initial shock, it’s common for women to be concerned about their ability to have children after treatment. Throughout treatment, your primary focus should be getting well and taking care of your body, but if you’re concern ed about fertility afterward, talk to your oncologist because there are ways to increase your chances of preserving fertility during breast cancer treatment.
There are many blood conditions and cancers. Common blood disorders include anemia; bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia; blood clots; and blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common form of leukemia in adults and can be extremely serious as it tends not to show any signs or symptoms until it’s at a more advanced stage.
A cancer diagnosis can be difficult to process. There are so many aspects to deal with. There’s the diagnosis and treatment plan, dealing with fear over long-term health, plus telling immediate family, who will have their own adjusting to do. For many patients, there’s also a career to consider. If you work and are well enough to continue working through your cancer treatment, here are some factors to keep in mind.
Fatigue often comes hand-in-hand with cancer, either as a direct result of the disease or treatment – and sometimes both. It can even come and go. It adds a layer of frustration for anyone dealing with cancer when it hinders daily living activities, but there are steps you can take to come out ahead in the battle.
As doctors, we sometimes forget that patients don’t speak the same language. We were trained to communicate using fancy medical terms, but it’s important for us all to remember that those terms can be intimidating and scary to our patients, especially when they’re dealing with something as overwhelming as cancer.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the terms you may hear as you fight your way through cancer.