Hearing those four words may sometimes seem overwhelming, leaving some cancer patients not knowing what to say.
Judith L. has received treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) for stage 4 breast cancer. She’s a retired teacher of 30 years and serves on the CTCA® patient advisory council. Judith shares her creative solutions on where loved ones can lend a hand when navigating a cancer diagnosis.
- Put your pride aside and accept the help. Yes, this one may be more of a mental reminder, but it’s still important to reiterate. When someone offers to bring over a homemade dinner or walk your pets, it’s OK to say yes. Remember: People want to help. They just don’t know what you need.
- Note taking (and another set of ears). Whether it’s a diagnostic appointment or physical therapy, you may need help absorbing new information. A great way a loved one may be able to help is by attending appointments with you, asking questions and jotting down notes.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-informed supportive therapies designed to help patients physically and emotionally by enhancing their quality of life while managing side effects both during and after treatment.