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.
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