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Living With Cancer – Things You Need To Know

The first thing you need to do

Instead of giving up in the hands of despair and impersonal medical treatments, a growing number of patients diagnosed with cancer are recovering faster using acquired information and control over their therapies. The trend is all about the acceptance of conventional medicine and helping people with cancer to lead healthier lives. The experiences of the author and director Chris Carr, who was diagnosed with a rare and incurable malignancy, illustrated how you can successfully manage cancer. The following tips offer a management strategy for this kind of a disease, asking the right questions, collaboration with doctors and getting a real professional and personal support.


Diagnosis: Cancer. You feel a little shaky in your head and you feel that in a split second your life has changed from the life you knew. – “Receiving the diagnosis throws your whole universe in free fall.” – Carr writes in her book.

The first things you need to do (after you take a deep breath and calm yourself down):

-Find the best doctor there is. Be willing to travel if necessary, to find the second, third and even fourth opinion, to make sure you get the best treatment.

-Design a healing plan. Create a team of doctors specialists and integrated physicians (who will teach you how to build your immunity system) to get the best advice on health.

-Ask your family and friends to gather as much information’s they can on the internet and from books.

-„If you want to be healed from this illness, you will have to take the initiative in your own hands!” – says Carr.

-Focus on the changes in your lifestyle: „ The only thing you can control is what you eat, what you drink and how you move, “says Carr. It recommends exploring healthy food, exercise and alternative therapies such as massage, yoga and meditation to increase and maintain physical and mental well-being.

-Create a supportive system: „No one can really understand you, except people with a similar experience”- says Carr.

-„Simply live! Do not wait for a permission to live. If you are diagnosed of having cancer does not mean that life is over you. ” Carr insists on this.


Studies show that people with cancer who are armed with information, usually have a much better experience and fewer side effects than patients who simply follow doctors’ orders, without asking any question. Being informed means having control over the disease and that feeling plays a major role on the healing process.

Rule number one: Do not be intimidated by your doctor. Ask for all that you do not understand or do not understand. Before the meetings keep questions prepared in advance to reduce stress and bring notebook in which you write down the answers.

Here are the questions you need to ask:

– What did cause the cancer?

– Who are the risk factors? If they are genetic, do the other members of the family need to be alarmed of dealing with it?

– What changes should be made in lifestyle (diet, exercise, rest)?

– What treatment options are there?

– Are there activities that should be avoided, which can cause or worsen symptoms?

– What happens if new symptoms appear or if the old ones get worse?

– What medical tests or procedures are needed? How often?

– In what stage is the cancer? What does that mean?

– What are my overall prognosis and chances for healing?

– What are the statistics for survival of this cancer?

– Is my disease can go into remission?

– Who is the most preferable treatment?

– How often must be subjected to such treatment?

– What are the benefits and risks of each treatment?

– Are there any alternative therapies? What are they?

– What are the expected results of the treatment?

– Does the treatment hurt? If so, can it be made to be more tolerable treatment?

– How long does the recovery last? Are you looking for a hospital stay?

– When can you resume normal activities?

– Is my cancer progressive?

– What happens if the disease progresses and I am on the clinical trials?

– Where can I find the emotional, psychological and spiritual support?

– Can you enable me a contact with you or any other health care provider in case any new symptoms appear? (If the answer is no, ask another doctor).


The success in the fight against cancer is usually measured in terms of “five year relative survival rate” This rate is determined by the number of patients who are still alive five years after being diagnosed with cancer, in terms of the number of those who expected that will survive, where there is no deterioration of the disease. Perhaps 5 years do not look that much, but they are, if we take into account that 67 is the average age of diagnosis.


– Prostate 99%
– Melanoma Skin 91%
– Breasts 89%
– Endometrium 83%
– Bladder 80%
– Kidneys 67%
– Hodgkin lymphoma 65%
– Colon and rectum 64%
– Ovarian 46%
– Lung and bronchi 15%
– Pancreas 5%


Patients who were subjected to treatment, can support their physical and emotional health with proper food choices, exercise and stress reduction. The Institute for Cancer Research recommends a diet that consists of 2/3 vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes.

– According to one study, it was shown that the Mediterranean diet rich with vegetables, olive oil, fish and fruit, reduces the risk of cancer by 25%. Read more here.

– Regular exercise reduces the risk of death in patients with colorectal cancer, even 61%. While another study showed that 92% of 3,000 women with breast cancer who walked or exercised 3-4 hours a week, were still alive and past 10 years, compared with 86% of those who exercised less than one hour per week.