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    Responding to a Diagnosis of Cancer - Topic Overview

    The impact of a diagnosis of cancer differs from person to person. It is common to experience anger, frustration, or disappointment. The following home treatment may help:

    • Get enough rest and sleep. Try activities to help you relax, such as meditation or guided imagery.
    • Eat well. If you have trouble eating alone, ask another person to join you for a snack or meal.
    • Exercise. Regular exercise is healthy for your body and mind. Walking is a good place to start.
    • Surround yourself with loved ones. Talking with them about your feelings and concerns may help.
    • Maintain your normal activities. Stay involved in activities that include your support network, such as your family and friends, work, church, or community activities.
    • Get the support you need. Contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to help you find a support group.

    For more information, read "Talking Time: Support for People With Cancer" from the National Cancer Institute. You can find this booklet online at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/takingtime.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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