Cancer Treatment Options
with Brain Cancer
diagnosis of brain cancer often
provokes a profound emotional response in the patient, family
members, and friends. Denial, depression, a feeling of hopelessness,
stress, and fear are normal and usual reactions. No single
response is either expected or unexpected and coping with
anxiety is not easy.
lack of understanding of what's in store, the unknown,
and what's next should be met by thoughtful, straightforward,
and frequent discussions between physician, nurse, patient
and family. An inability to work, tend to business affairs,
care for one's family, and interact with friends in the usual
manner, all contribute to emotional distress. Thorough explanations,
including the prospects for remission and the plans for cancer
treatment help in coping with cancer and may bring emotional
relief as the patient focuses on the treatment ahead and the
prospect of cancer recovery and remission.
members or loved ones may have questions about chemotherapy
and alternative methods of cancer treatment. It is best to
speak directly with physicians regarding specific medical
questions. Family members or loved ones should discuss any
problems or reactions they may have.
and other health professionals understand the complexity
of emotions and special ongoing needs of those living with
brain cancer. They also will spend much time with patients,
become their confidants, and can be very helpful in their
emotional support in coping with cancer.