Stomach Cancer

Living with Stomach Cancer

Living with a serious disease like stomach cancer is not easy. Cancer patients and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Coping with these problems is often easier when people have helpful stomach cancer information and support services.

Cancer patients may worry about holding their job, caring for their family, or keeping up with their daily activities. Concerns about tests, treatments, hospital stays, and medical bills are common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about stomach cancer treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy also can be helpful for patients who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns about the future or about personal relationships.

Friends and relatives can be very supportive. Also, it helps many stomach cancer patients to discuss their concerns with others who have cancer. Cancer patients often get together in support groups for stomach cancer, where they can share what they have learned about coping with cancer and the effects of stomach cancer treatment. It is important to keep in mind, however, that each patient is different. Treatments and ways of dealing with cancer that work for one person may not be right for another -- even if they both have the same kind of cancer. It is always a good idea to discuss the advice of friends and family members with the doctor.

Often, a social worker at the hospital or clinic can suggest groups that can help with rehabilitation, emotional support, financial aid, transportation, or home care.

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