Diagnosis: Tips for Coping With the Negative Side Effects of Cancer

Diagnosis: Tips for Coping With the Negative Side Effects of Cancer

The National Institute of Health (NIH) projects that 1.8 million Americans will learn that they have cancer in 2020. People with cancer can face prolonged, painful treatments that affect their ability to perform routine tasks. You may struggle with self-esteem issues if your illness begins to impact your appearance, abilities, and relationships.

Cancer can adversely affect you financially, physically, emotionally, and personally. Fortunately, there are ways to manage the side effects of cancer in each of these areas of your life, which are explored here.

Financial

The cost of a single medication to treat cancer can be as much as $10,000 per month and most cancer patients need to take several drugs as part of their treatment. Even if you have a good health insurance plan, you may still face hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses per year.

Financial help for cancer patients can help cover the costs of care. You can pursue a viatical settlement and sell your life insurance policy. You will not receive the full value of the policy, but you will receive more money than you would if you opted for the cash buyout of your policy from the insurance company. The party that buys your policy in a viatical settlement becomes the beneficiary of the policy, but they also assume responsibility for the policy payments. This is an effective way of reducing your monthly expenses while securing the financial resources you need to pay for your treatment.

You may also be eligible to receive food stamps and financial aid. The US Department of Health and Human Services can help you prepare an application for assistance. Other programs, such as the Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Program, can help cover the costs of prescriptions.

Physical

Cancer can cause fatigue and pain. You may be unable to perform routine tasks, such as driving a vehicle, cooking dinner, cleaning your house, and walking your dog. You can turn to The American Cancer Society for transportation assistance. They have volunteers who drive cancer patients to their medical appointments.

You can also use part of your viatical settlement to cover the costs of a personal care aide. Personal care aides come to your home and can cook, clean, and transport you to appointments and treatments.

You may also experience other physical side effects, such as hair loss and weight loss. Taking cannabis may be able to restore your appetite. You can also see a cosmetologist and get a wig custom-made for you.

Emotional

Personal relationships can be impacted by cancer for a number of reasons. You may be unable to participate in typical activities and lack the energy to communicate and engage with others. You and your family may be under stress due to your diagnosis. You may also be worried and unable to enjoy normal activities and interactions. Your fears about your health and future may also impact your relationships with friends and co-workers.

Emotional factors can also impact your interest in sex. You may be discouraged by other physical side effects, such as hair loss, and believe that you are no longer attractive or able to satisfy your partner.

Healthcare social workers can help you process your illness and how it is impacting your life. You may also opt to see a therapist to help you learn to develop coping strategies for handling your fears and stress.

You may also be able to alleviate some of the stress you and your family are experiencing by pursuing financial assistance options to alleviate the financial strain your illness has caused.

Personal

Your cancer treatments may lower your sex drive. There are also other physical factors that can impact your interest in sex. Some women experience premature menopause. This can cause vaginal atrophy. Vaginal dryness can cause pain during intercourse. Women with these symptoms may be able to experience some relief from hormone therapies.

Female Libido Pills can be an effective way to restore your sex drive. These pills are designed to counter the physical effects of aging. They also have other long-term effects, such as reducing stress.

Men may experience erectile dysfunction due to their cancer treatments. In some cases, the body may heal over time and reverse sexual dysfunction. There are also medications, injections, and other treatments, such as implants and therapy, that may help men with this side effect.

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