How To Deal With Information Overload
Guide For The Overwhelmed Cancer Patient
The moment a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, a wave of information is soon to follow without much time for them to process what is happening. Life changes rapidly right before their eyes, as appointments with doctors and specialists, testing and consultations can turn into a blur.
At Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, we know how difficult it can be to avoid that information overload, which is why we’ve put together a quick guide on how newly diagnosed cancer patients can control that flow of information and absorb it more effectively. By using these tips, it will be easier to focus and prepare yourself for the journey ahead.
Ask A Caregiver For Help With Managing Things
The battle against cancer is a battle that should never be fought alone. While your oncologists and medical staff will be providing you support through the cancer treatment process, it’s recommended that patients find a caregiver that can provide them with additional support. This caregiver can be a family member, friend, or partner, and their role is to function as a second set of eyes and ears for you. They will be there for all of your appointments, listening with you as the doctors and medical teams explain treatment, and taking notes on important pieces of information that you may need to reference later. By having a caregiver, the pressure of remembering and processing everything as you adjust to this new stage is your life is taken off of your shoulders.
Move At Your Own Pace
While things may seem like they’re moving lightning fast, remember that you always have control over the pace. Your doctors are there to support you, not tell you what to do, so you can always tell them if you’re feeling overwhelmed or if you need to slow things down. It’s their goal to make you feel as comfortable as possible, and make sure you understand everything that you need to know, such as your treatment options. Just slow things down to your own pace, even if it means asking doctors to repeat information to make sure that you have a good grasp on the material being covered.
With the sheer amount of information that will be coming your way, you’re definitely going to have questions. It’s important to remember that your doctors and medical staff will be more than happy to answer your questions at any time, so ask away without hesitation. There are never any bad or stupid questions; your medical team wants to help you feel comfortable during your treatment and recovery process.
Contact Southeast Radiation Oncology Center!
Your local cancer center is a goldmine of information, and at Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, our staff of cancer treatment experts are here to help you learn everything you need to know about your condition. If you want to learn more about your cancer, the treatment you have available to you, or you have any other questions, you can contact us and we’ll be more than happy to assist you. You can also check out our Cancer Conditions page, which contains links to a variety of informational pages on specific cancer types, covering their symptoms, treatments and more.