“You have cancer,” some of the most dreaded words in the English language. Usually when a patient hears that pronouncement the shock leaves her or him in a benumbed state.
You are taking in the words, but the reality of the disease and the inherent decisions that will need to be made are not quite comprehensible yet.
“What kind of cancer do I have? What stage is my cancer in? What is my prognosis? What kind of treatment is recommended for the cancer I have? Do I need a second opinion? What are my chances of cure and what is my long term survival rate?”
These are all questions that you need to ask your physician, but there are so many other questions that come to mind as you process your diagnosis, decide upon treatment plans, where to have your surgeries, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
And all of these important decisions don’t even address the mental anguish the patient is experiencing as each decision is faced.
Only someone who has been through the same ordeal can truly relate to what the patient is feeling. That is the reason for a support group, a unit of people who have experienced the same thing.
A support group for cancer survivors, those currently undergoing treatments, and their families and caregivers is being organized. The support group will meet on the first Monday of the month,upstairs at Capital City Bank at 5:30 p.m. ET
Everyone is invited to attend.