This page could save your life!
- There is no type of cancer from which someone has not been cured!
- There is no type of cancer for which there are no treatments!
- Cancer is the most curable of all chronic diseases!
Make a commitment. The most important single factor is to do everything in your power to fight the disease. This eliminates the necessity of making future decisions, because if something will help, do it. If it could hurt, don’t. It is a difficult commitment to make, but one that is most worth while.
Read Dick Bloch’s Letter to All Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients. No one likes to read a lengthy letter, but maybe this will help you have a better chance of conquering your cancer and improving the quality of your life. I’m Dick Bloch. In March, 1978 I was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and given 3 months to live by an outstanding doctor…
Get a qualified second opinion Often there is only one chance to successfully treat cancer. Regardless of the prognosis, get a qualified, independent second opinion.
Visit PDQ on-line. Physician Data Query is the government’s database showing every treatment for every type of cancer and is available on-line at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/alphalist/a-d – the PDQ computer program may be available free by calling 1-800-4-CANCER.
Have a qualified doctor who believes you can be successfully treated. A patient being treated by a pessimistic physician will fulfill that physician’s prophecy. Telephone calls to others may find a qualified physician who believes you can be helped.
Join a support group. It has been clinically proven that cancer patients who attend support groups live longer.
Do relaxation and visual imagery. It has the potential to help the quality and quantity of life with no downside risk.
Call the Cancer Hot Line (800) 433-0464. Talking with a survivor of a similar type of cancer could give the needed lift to fight.
Talk openly about cancer. Harboring feelings increases stress and reduces the function of the immune system.
Seek and accept support. Allowing others to serve benefits both supporter and patient and further reduces stress.
Say prayers.Prayers by others have been clinically demonstrated to reduce problems and increase healing. Prayers by the patient should be far more effective.
Live and enjoy each day. The quality of life is the most important factor.
Eat properly A well balanced diet is necessary to maintain the immune system, a vital part in recovery.
Exercise appropriately. Proper exercise enhances various physical functions as well as improves quality of life.
Take all actions promptly, properly and thoroughly. Cancer is never as curable as it is today and you want to go all the way to have the best chance of success.