Our 'First Five' are 5 resources & to-do's that will help you get organized and prepared quickly. We recommend exploring these resources as soon as possible. For a full overview and analysis of why these resources are important, read our blog post.
11 Cancer Tips from the Mayo Clinic.
The Mayo Clinic is one of the country's best medical centers. It is the first and largest integrated nonprofit medical group practice in the world, employing more than 3,800 physicians and scientists and 50,900 allied health staff.
They have put together 11 quick tips for coping with cancer. It's a good quick overview but we recognize much more will need to be discussed and expanded upon - which we will. But for now, it lays a good framework.
Buy this book.
There are a lot of books on nutrition. You will or may have already met with your hospital's nutritionist. Lots of information. But if you buy one book, buy "The Cancer Fighting Kitchen" by Rebecca Katz, MS.
Not only does the book have wonderful, easy to make recipes, but it categorizes recipes that are most effective before treatments, during treatments, and after treatments. It gives wonderful tips and useful hints to help cope with appetite changes, lack of appetite, and natural side effect management.
For example: is the patient having a hard time drinking water because of metallic tastes in their mouth, a side effect of chemotherapy? Dr. Katz recommends squeezing lemon onto water or other foods to remove any metallic tastes. Easy to take photos of the recipes to send to friends / family who offer to help cook.
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Importance of Mindfulness & Meditation.
For many, meditation is a new and foreign practice. But news flash: it's not just for hippies. It does, however, take practice and some getting used to.
Remaining calm, relaxed, and focused can be of critical importance during a fight with cancer. Meditation & guided imagery, are extremely powerful (and free) tools to help a patient and family remain focused, relaxed, and energized. (Meditation has numerous benefits which can be read further here: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/01/eight-weeks-to-a-better-brain/)
That is why the timing of when to introduce meditation is key. Introduce and practice it as soon as you can, prior to treatments, before symptoms and side effects really start to set in. The time you should have started meditating was yesterday. That way, when the patient starts to have negative side effects or isn't feeling well after treatments, they are already accustomed to meditation and familiar with it's benefits - there is familiarity and ownership.
While many meditation videos can be found on YouTube, we highly recommend the numerous cancer mediation downloads / cds from Health Journeys.
Cancer & The Internet.
The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) has a pretty good overview about cancer on the internet - how to interpret information, how to read cancer articles online, tips to find credibility, and other advice.
It's not perfect, but it covers some basics. Take the time to explore and read. Many of these topics we will revisit in various forms.
now it's time to review Our Wheel: 8 vital topics and a handful of the most important & Vetted resources on each topic.
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