The American Cancer Society projects the following statistic for this year: "In 2015, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in the US."
Cancer is a difficult and scary battle for patients and their families to face. That is why we are helping our readers understand some ways to come alongside people walking this road full of hills and valleys.
1. Get Educated
If you have a loved one who is battling cancer, one important way to support them is to learn about some of what they are going through. Read up on their specific type of cancer, the treatment options, and the side effects of the treatments they are going through.
Having some knowledge can help the patient feel like they don't have to spend too much time educating you. Bringing others up to speed can often be exhausting. Many people withdraw from sharing because they feel like people don't know much and it will take too long to fill in the gaps.
If you read some scary information or statistics make sure you keep those to yourself unless they bring it up. They are most likely scared enough without adding on anything else.
As you get educated make sure you use reliable sources and not just people's opinions or personal blogs.
Keep reading tomorrow for more info!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.