Navigating Life through Adversity: Living with and Beyond Cancer
by Dr. Nisha Saleem on Feb 12, 2024
Life has a way of throwing things at us unexpectedly, and when faced with adversity, navigating through it poses quite a challenge. And when that adversity is a cancer diagnosis, it might just spin your earth off its axis. However, this one challenge demands you to be resilient and stand your ground. Because it could make or break you. A person with cancer doesn’t only have to go through medical treatments, but they also have to go through mental parkour. Let this article be your guide to your now-new normal and help you navigate your life through this adversity.
Developments in Cancer Treatment and Survivorship:
Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the USA; according to research, in 2024, roughly 20,001,140 new cancer cases might arise, and 611,720 cancer deaths might occur. But with the development in treatments, living with cancer is now a budding possibility.
Precision medicine can target tumors with careful concentration. Immunotherapy turns our bodies' inherent warriors into cancer-fighting knights. From AI-powered scans to liquid biopsies, early detection tools catch rogue cells before they can unite. Cancer survivorship, which was a murmured thought, is now a flourishing domain. Care plans tailored to your needs, support groups, and even workout programs are designed to help patients reclaim their old lives.
Living with Cancer:
A cancer diagnosis can change your life drastically, but living with cancer means living with several treatments. These treatments could go for prolonged periods, and there are 2 main goals: eliminate cancer or cancer remission. These treatments include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy.
These treatments can be an excruciating process but are very much needed to prevent cancer from making a comeback, especially for people with early-stage breast cancer whose cancer has been diminished using medical procedures or radiation treatment and who might receive continuous hormone therapy to lessen the chance of it appearing again. These treatments are also pertinent to reduce and control cancer progression.
Life after Cancer:
Life after cancer brings a new chapter in people’s lives, one that is filled with joy and hope, but that doesn’t mean that you are totally out of the woods; there is always a shadow of doubt that your cancer might come back. Everyone has their way of coping with cancer because now that the treatment and support group meetings are over, you might be feeling lost, alone, and constantly consumed by worry.
There is also a chance you might feel long-term fatigue after chemotherapy, or you might have a hard time adjusting to the family who is so accustomed to doing your work for you that now they are a bit iffy about letting you handle your tasks. Some might feel overwhelming sadness looming over them, which might be a lingering side effect of their treatment. All of these feelings are normal, and your feelings are validated; you can try communicating with your family or maybe seeking the help of a professional to help you navigate these new emotions and your new normal.
Living with and beyond is now a steadily developing scene; there is new hope blooming in individuals with cancer because of new groundbreaking treatments. These treatments focus on the complexities of the disease and help improve the patient's overall health. When patients see their treatments working, their quality of life after cancer becomes more of a tangible reality than a murmured whisper. It instills hope in them, allowing them to live their lives to the fullest, to push past adversity, and to embrace their new normal.