There is no magic bul­let when it comes to can­cer. The dis­ease calls for a tar­geted ap­proach or treat­ment that is per­son­alised to the in­di­vid­ual pa­tient.

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To help can­cer pa­tients to achieve a more pos­i­tive out­look, it is im­por­tant to en­cour­age them to share their feel­ings i.e. wor­ries, fears or anx­i­eties. This prac­tice should also be ex­tended to the en­tire fam­ily be­cause can­cer af­fects more than just the pa­tient. Ac­cord­ing to clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Dr Irene Teoh, the top con­cerns of can­cer pa­tients in­clude treat­ment op­tions, cost of treat­ment and wor­ries about who will take care of their fam­ily if they don’t sur­vive. The aim of talk­ing about how they

An­other fac­tor that pa­tients should con­sider is mak­ing choices that are aligned with their val­ues. This means ex­am­in­ing what is im­por­tant to them, in or­der to find a path suit­able for them. “Per­haps the cost of treat­ment is af­fect­ing you be­cause you are not used to spend­ing so much or you are not com­fort­able with in­va­sive treat­ment. Make your choices based on what is com­fort­able to you. Be­cause if it is caus­ing fear, worry or anx­i­ety, it could af­fect the

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