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Strategies for Families Coping with a Loved One’s Cancer Diagnosis

Use this guide and the information inside to learn how to successfully cope with your loved one’s cancer diagnosis.

It’s heartbreaking when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, whether it’s a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other type of family member. Although you will find it physically and emotionally challenging, coping is possible. Throughout history, countless families have gone through the same experience and managed to make it out to the other end — and you can, too.

What are the Chances of Surviving Cancer?

If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll have spent much time worrying.

Specifically, one of your main worries will be about their chances of survival, which is completely normal. After all, cancer can (in some cases) be fatal.

However, the good news is that cancer survival rates have been increasing for a long time. In 2023, you have more chance of surviving cancer than at any other point in human history, hopefully providing peace of mind.

Of course, each cancer is different when it comes to difficulties and survival rates. For example, there’s lymphoma, which is the sixth most common type of cancer. Around 80% of people with lymphoma live for at least five years after the diagnosis, with many of them going on to become cured. To learn more, read about what is lymphoma?

Coping with Your Loved One’s Cancer Diagnosis: Everything You Need to Know

Now that you understand more about the chances of surviving cancer, it’s time to take a closer look at some of the best ways you can cope with your loved one’s cancer diagnosis.

1. Get Emotional Support

While your loved one is battling cancer, you’re going to be providing them with emotional support. At the same time, though, you’ll need to get your own emotional support as well. For example, if one of your elderly parents has been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll be able to get emotional support from your spouse and children whenever you need it. As a result, you’ll feel much less alone and will gain strength from this.

2. Try to Live as Normally as Possible

When a loved one gets diagnosed with cancer, it can feel like you’ve been hit by a train — especially during the first couple of weeks and months. Despite this, it’s important that you try your absolute best to live as normally as possible. Don’t worry if you struggle with this at worst, as it’s very hard to do. However, over time, you’ll get better. By maintaining most of your regular routine (e.g., seeing friends and going to your gym classes), you can lift some of the emotional weight from your shoulders while maintaining control over your life.

3. Keep a Journal

Journals are great for your mental health. They allow you to track your feelings while reducing the stressful impact of your loved one’s cancer diagnosis. Therefore, it’s a good idea to write at least one journal entry a day, which people tend to write at the end of the day instead of in the morning. Try it and see if it works well for you — fingers-crossed, it will.

Author bio:

Freelance writer, Delicia W, is passionate about the environment and the impact humans are having on the world around us. She’s an advocate of holistic approaches to life’s issues, including alternative medicines, as well as having an interest in helping individuals make small changes to their lifestyles to minimize their carbon footprint.