Hearing the “C word” isn’t exactly a trip to Disneyland. It can turn your life upside down no matter what end of the spectrum you’re on. Whether you’re the one who was just diagnosed with cancer or if it was your loved one, it can be hard to swallow. If your loved one is undergoing radiation therapy, it’s important to help stay as calm and positive as possible. Read on to learn more about the best three ways to deal with a loved one undergoing radiation therapy.
1. Take Time For Yourself
It’s important to be there for your loved one during every test and cancer screening. And it’s even more important to be there for their radiation treatments, however, it’s also crucial to take some time for yourself as well. Make a pact to get out of the house by yourself at least one day a week. Whether it’s taking a trip to Target or going on a long drive to clear your head by yourself, this time will be therapeutic for you.
2. Ask the Radiologist Questions
Just as it is important for your loved one to ask their radiologist questions about treatment, it’s equally as important for you to get a firm understanding of this form of treatment and ask any questions that you may have. Remember that it’s okay to come to your radiation appointments with a list of questions to ask the radiologist— their job is not only to treat your loved one but to help answer any questions that you may have as well.
3. Find a Support Group
You will likely be the main support for your loved one as they undergo radiation and other cancer treatments. However, it’s important for you to find a support group of people who you can talk to as well. Whether it be an actually cancer support group or simply a group of friends that can lend a listening ear, it’s important to be able to have a group of people who can listen to you and offer you advice on hard days.
Cancer isn’t just hard news for the patient to digest, but it can be just as hard for the family as well. If your loved one was recently diagnosed with cancer and has to undergo radiation therapy treatment, it’s important to take care of yourself with the above mentioned tips. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with our office, contact Island Medical Imaging today!