Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Choose Your Doctor and Get Your Body & Confidence Back

What’s the big deal about breast cancer – lets dig into some facts. 

Also, do read: If Yuvi can, You can! 

Breast Cancer Facts You Should Know
Take a look at these breast cancer facts:

1.  In 1 out of 10 women, doctors say the cause of breast cancer is genetic. This means if your grandmother, mother or any family member has it, you are at a higher risk than other women.
2.  Regular breast self-examination will help to detect lumps or any symptoms early. The earlier you find out, the better for you. If detected early, you may not have to remove a breast and may require only a minor surgery.
3.   Don’t EVER ignore the early signs. Your body is TRYING to tell you something. Pay attention and take action.
4.     Do not ignore any signs of lumps, pain around or under the armpits – these are not signs to easily dismiss.
5. Breast cancer treatment is highly personalized. So, go to the best breast oncologist-surgeon.

Don’t completely TRUST Mammograms, Go with your GUT FEEL
The routine mammogram isn’t fool proof. So, consider the following:

1. If  you feel you have symptoms of breast cancer but the mammogram indicates otherwise, go with your gut feel. 

2.  Take a second medical opinion. 

3. Ask your doctors whether you can opt for 3-dimensional breast MRI. It is expensive and may have side effects but it gives your doctor an accurate imaging of how your condition is positioned. Knowing the exact details helps your doctor to plan the next point of action.

Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Choose a Doctor You feel You can Trust
Just visiting any reputed hospital will NOT do. Note this when you meet your doctor:

1. Understand his/her approach to you and analyze how comfortable you are. Understand how you feel when your doctor examines/touches you. If you are uncomfortable, it's a clear 'NO' and if you are comfortable, go with your intuition.

2. Ask questions. If you are afraid, say it to your doctor. If you are ashamed of this condition, tell your doctor how you feel. Ask more questions. Watch how your your doctor reacts – is he defensive, impatient, reassuring, confident, compassionate? 



3. Of all the qualities that wins a patient’s trust, especially in cancer cases, it is compassion. Your doctor can be the best in the world but if he has no compassion, would you really trust him/her?

4. Make sure you cross-check your doctor's references. Ask patients, para nursing staff, doctors in your network. Do all your homework about your doctor. File it, if necessary, in case you have areas of doubts. Be 100% sure before you finalize your doctor. This is your body, your battle and your life - so don't take chances.

Breast Cancer: Explore ALL treatment options
Breast cancer treatment may vary. If recommended by more than one doctor, it should be PRIORITY in your ACTION CHECKLIST.

Also, find out:

1.     Has your doc studied your genetic history and current physical condition?
2.  Has he/she discussed the implications and more than one treatment option with others in his team?
3.    Has he presented his findings and that of the others in his team before you?
4.  Has he sought your opinion on how you feel through every stage or has he DECIDED and simply informed you?

Once you decide a particular course of action, pursue it with passion and confidence. Read self-help books or inspiring books to keep yourself motivated. Don't let people overload you with advice that shakes your confidence. Surround yourself with those who love and stand by you. Go through every phase with a smile. 

Thank everyone who is there with you. Simple acts of love can make you experience 'sunshine.' Thank the doctors and the nursing staff who see you through painful tests - this reinforces your confidence in them and boosts the positive bonding you develop with them.

Most importantly, be determined to LOVE and RESPECT your BODY and tell the Higher Self/God how grateful you are every day for this beautiful life.


♥♥  I thank you with all my heart for reading my post. I dedicate this post with  gratitude to all cancer care givers across the world including doctors, nurses, para medical staff and others who help in healing and making the lives of cancer patients bearable and happier through very painful phases. REQUEST: Please SHARE this article on your favorite social networks. Every share, like or tweet makes me reach out to more people.I am grateful and I appreciate you for doing so. ♥♥

1 comment:

moon akondo said...

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