How to prepare for cancer treatment

How to prepare for cancer treatment

There's no real way to prepare yourself for a cancer diagnosis. However, you can do a lot when it comes to getting ready for treatment. Preparing for cancer treatment can give you a sense of control and boost your outlook. 

To prepare for your cancer treatment:

Make a plan. Before you start treatment, make sure you know how long it will take, what the side effects are and what the ultimate goal is. Write down your questions before attending appointments so that you can rest assured that your concerns have been addressed.

Tap into your support network to help out with everyday needs. Having family and friends ready to help with driving to and from appointments, caring for pets or preparing meals will ease the burden on you in case you don’t have the energy or feel sick after treatment.

Make your home a great place to recover. Set up a space in your home with easy access to water, electrical outlets and places to safely store medications.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle. In the weeks before treatment, do your best to eat healthy and maintain a regular exercise routine. Regular exercise can improve your energy while you undergo cancer treatments. If side effects affect your ability to eat, consult with a registered dietitian for tips.  

Equip yourself with tools to manage stress. Anxiety about cancer treatments can interfere with your ability to relax or sleep. Utilize tools such as yoga, meditation or guided imagery to calm your nerves and reduce stress. Meet with a counselor to learn self-care techniques before you start treatment.

Prepare a treatment bag. Many cancer patients pack a special bag to bring along to treatments filled with special items that will comfort or entertain them. Consider packing things like comfortable clothes, a music player, a blanket and pillow, something to read, a deck of cards, crossword puzzles, lotion or a stress ball.

If you'd like to learn more about how to prepare for cancer treatment, talk with one of our oncology information specialists at the Goshen Center for Cancer Care.

Posted: 12/21/2016 by Goshen Health
Filed under: Cancer Care

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