It’s the same old story. They promise you one thing. Then they deliver another.
But this time it isn’t just some late-night infomercial scam. Or a disappointing meal at a restaurant. This is your actual LIFE they’re messing with.
You’re doctor tells you that you have cancer and suddenly everything feels like they hit the fast forward button. Someone rattles off a list of treatment options. And, to be honest, they ALL sound straightforward enough.
But what about the sickening side effects everyone warns you about?
Well it turns out many doctors don’t bother to even mention them. Your doc may even insist worrying about side effects isn’t necessary anymore.
Spoiler alert. It’s true, things have gotten easier. But cancer treatment is anything BUT easy, no matter which option you choose.
And new research reveals EXACTLY what cancer patients wish they knew before starting treatment, but had to learn the hard the way instead.
Keep reading to find out what you can REALLY expect when it comes to cancer treatment. Learn how you can get the information you need to make INFORMED decisions. And discover what you can do to help soften the impact of some of the worst side effects.
The TRUE costs of cancer treatment
Doctors FAILED to give the full story about treatment side effects in one to three cases, according to cancer patients who took the survey. Nearly 40 percent of the folks who had struggled with severe side effects said doctors should have told them more before starting.
For example, close to a third of patients who had radiation suffered from low energy in ways they didn’t anticipate and weren’t prepared for. And 27 percent reported far more weakness than they were told to expect.
Radiation patients also wished they were warned about other debilitating side effects such as skin irritation and gastrointestinal problems.
And the complaints didn’t end there. Severe side effects blindsided folks who signed on for chemotherapy too.
Many chemo patients said they weren’t informed about potential nerve damage. And others reported they weren’t warned about how extreme the gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue they ultimately suffered would be.
Even surgical cancer patients had problems they never knew to expect. Many ended up battling severe pain, nerve damage, and numbness that they wished they’d been warned about BEFORE going under the knife.
Arm yourself with information
To make informed decisions about your cancer treatment options, you need ALL of the relevant information. And clearly, in many cases, that’s NOT happening. Far too many folks enter treatment without a realistic picture of what to expect when it comes to side effects and risks.
So it’s up to you to demand it. That means making the most of EVERY meeting with your doctor and care team by arming yourself ahead of time.
Research the potential risks and side effects for each of your treatment options. Then ask for clarification on whatever you find and how it relates to YOUR case.
Keep in mind there will likely be a lot of information to take in. And you’re already under a lot of stress. So it’s a good idea to bring a trusted friend or relative along to take notes and chime in as needed.
If you’re battling a cancer like prostate or breast cancer don’t forget that “watchful waiting” may be an option too. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion.
This may be one of the biggest decisions you ever make. Having a second expert weigh-in can help you make the choice that’s best for YOU.
Natural treatments can ease side effects
Once you do decide on a treatment plan, consider bringing an integrative physician onto your team. He can help blunt any potential side effects with natural therapies.
Acupuncture, for example, can help ease the side effects of both radiation and chemo. It can help relieve pain and reduce nausea and vomiting.
Ginseng can limit chemo fatigue and brain fog in some folks. Plus the natural therapies glutathione and citicoline can help cells fight off the damage of cancer treatments, including chemo.
Cancer will be one of the biggest battles you ever face. Knowing WHAT to expect, and having a plan to tackle risks and side effects, can give you the upper hand from the start.