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Coping With Cancer


Cancer can give rise to various emotions, which may be difficult for you to cope with alone. It is important to realize that it is not the end of the world. It depends on the stage of presentation. If your disease is detected at an early stage, you can be cured. Even if it is not cured, modern treatment can definitely control it for years.

After you learn that you have cancer, you may first not like to believe it. There may be episodes of anger, shock or depression. Do not try to suppress your emotions. If you feel comfortable by talking it out to the closest of your friends, go ahead, but if you feel you should be left alone tell it to your friends and relatives politely.

There may be a feeling of anger, resentment, denial, blame, guilt, withdrawal, isolation etc. Do not try to suppress them. But there is no need to blame your self or anybody for it. Further, the experience of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy may itself make you depressed or irritable. There is not a single way of coping with it but one thing is sure, the more optimistic you are about the whole thing, the better are the results of treatment. So do not just succumb—fight!

Dos and Don'ts : Please follow these rules

DOs
Do wear a loose rubber glove on your hand when washing dishes or gardening.
Do protect your hand from pinpricks, scratches or cuts of any kind.
Use an electric razor with a narrow head for underarms shaving to reduce the risk of nicks and scratches.
Use a thimble while stitching.
Use loose clothing.
Use insect repellent to avoid bites.

DON'TS
Do not allow injections of any kind on the affected arm.
Do not allow your blood to be drawn from the affected arm.
Do not take blood pressure on the affected arm.
Do not cut or prick at the cuticles or nails on the affected arm.
Do not wear tight clothing or jewelry on the affected arm.
Do not expose the affected arm or hand to excessive temperature.

Appendix 3
Your own check list

Have you been explained the nature of your disease?

Have you been told about the type of surgery you will undergo?

Do you know how to take care of your drainage bottle once discharged from the hospital?

Do you know what medicine to take at home?

Have you been taught postoperative exercises?

Have you been thoroughly counseled about chemotherapy?

Have you been counseled about radiotherapy?

Are you aware of the precautions that you have to take at home?

Are you aware of the Breast Support Groups?

Have you received breast prosthesis?

Have you visited our 'V' care group?

Do you know about your next follow-up visit?

Are you aware of problems that warrant your treating doctor's attention?

Do you know what Breast Self Examination is?

If you feel that you have not been explained about any of the above or you wish to know more then do not hesitate to discuss with your doctor.

IMPORTANT ADDRESSES   

  • LATEX BREAST PROSTHESIS, TEMPORARY BREAST POUCHES, LATEX VAGINAL DILATOR KITS AND OTHER REHABILITATION AIDS

            PRATIBHA ENTERPRISES (SPECIALISTS IN REHABILITAION AIDS)
C/O.MRS. CHITRA LAGHATE
2/C/55, PRASANNA VASTU,
BAF-HIRA NAGAR, MARVE ROAD
MALAD (W), MUMBAI 400 095
REQUEST TEL. C/O.MR. & MRS.PARA   808 02 06

  • FOR ELASTICATED PRESSURE GRADIENT SLEEVES AND GARMENTS

            MR.A.MATHUR
            DERMA-GRIP, MYOVATEC SURGICAL SYSTEM PVT. LTD.
            SALES AND SERVICES CENTRE : A-12/42 A, M.I.G.
D.D.A. FLAT, KALKAJI EXTENSION, NEW DELHI - 110 019
TEL.(OFF) - 643 58 46

  • MASTECTOMEES ASSOCIATION (INDIA) (MAI)

            MRS.VIMAL KAMAT, SECRETARY, M.A.I.
            C-7, BHAGYA NAGR, SHIVAJI PARK, MUMBAI - 400 016

  • FOR GENTLE CARE SILICON EXTERNAL BREAST PROSTHESIS

            CONVATEC LIMITED
MR.K.L.SHARMA, CHIEF MANAGER
FLEET BUILDING, MAROL NAKA, SIR M.V.ROAD,
ANDHERI (E) MUMBAI - 400 059
TEL.NO. 850 27 29, 850 41 47 FAX : 850 22 23

Are you interested in joining our fight against breast cancer?

  • You can become a volunteer and help us in counseling our patients.
  • You can donate to breast unit 'Research Fund'.
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TATA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Dr. E Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012 India
Phone: +91-22- 24177000, 24146750 - 55
Fax: +91-22-24146937
E-mail : msoffice@tmc.gov.in (for patient care and queries) / hrd@tmc.gov.in(for administrative - HRD matters)

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