One of the health related issues that has no doubt caused a lot of concern in the world is cancer. This is an Illness that has spread far and wide all over the world and has attacked people from all walks of life regardless of age, ethnicity race and religion.
Impacts of this disease
1) Financial constraints
One of the major impacts any health condition has on the patients and their families has to do with financial constraints. From the diagnosis and treatment stages, one will have used a lot of money in the process. The stages that one has to go through in the form of chemotherapy or radiation end up taking up a huge portion of one’s money. Sometimes one has to go to the extent of organizing a fund-raising event to raise money for the treatment.
2) Emotional stress
Another impact that both the patients and their friends and relatives go through is emotional strain. There was a time when people who were diagnosed with this disease felt as though a death sentence had been handed to them. It is a very hard time for the persons involved, as they may not know the ultimate outcome.
3) Physical, emotional and financial strain
This condition drains the patients and their loved ones emotionally, physically and financially. Many times, especially during the initial stages, family members take care of the patients, and this takes a huge toll on their own general well-being. Most times, they have no information on how to handle the situation, a factor that makes the situation more complicated.
How to assist a person who is diagnosed with this health condition
It is good to know how one can be of help and hope to this patient. Most people shy away from the patient as they do not know how to show empathy to a person who is almost loosing hope.it is good to be there for that person in any way possible. Some may be in need of financial assistance to cater for the treatment.
One can try to ensure the general well-being of the patients by ensuring they eat well and keep their immune system high. Cancer should not be seen as a death sentence any more, as many people are getting better and enjoying a long life even after being diagnosed. The most important information however, is for everyone to be screened early for this Illness. This will help to detect the disease early and possible intervention measures can therefore, be taken.