Patient Education

Get to know your condition

Every year cancer has taken thousands of people’s lives. When you or your family members are being newly diagnosed to cancer, what should you do?

Step 1: Evaluate the condition
When being told to have cancer, most  patients  and their families are eager to operate surgery or other anti-cancer treatment immediately. They also rush to seek help from anti-cancer food and nourishing drugs. In fact, cancer is a chronic disease, which has experienced several years of slow development and process.  Currently  the  majority  of  anti-cancer treatment methods have some traumatic toxicity. Therefore, after the diagnosis of cancer, if no critical disease appears, cancer lesions are not clear, and no accurate assessment of the patient's heart, liver, kidney, blood and other vital organs’ functional status, there is no need to rush to implement surgery or other anti-cancer therapy within a few days.
The assessment of the condition includes three aspects: first, the nature of the cancer, including cancer pathology type e.c.t.; the second one is the clinical stage cancer diagnosis, that is, to identify the tumor lesions to see if there is a regional or distant spread of cancer metastasis; the third is to assess the physical condition of the patient, especially to make sure if the patient can tolerant the anti-cancer treatment.

Step 2: Choose the doctor and the team

To improve the cure and survival rate of cancer, a part from a good doctor, a good medical team is even of more importance. Cancer diagnosis and treatment process is not only complex, but also involves a number of disciplines. Apart from some early-stage cancers which only need radical surgery or radiation therapy, most of the cancers require a comprehensive treatment of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. So only choose a physician is not enough, you need to select a team of medical personnel and treatment groups which are related to your treatment.

Step 3: Decide treatment goals and treatment programs

The confirming and implementation of the first treatment programs is crucial to the cure and prolonged survival of patients. However, the key to the success of the first treatment lays on the treatment goals and programs. After a comprehensive and accurate assessment of the condition, the best possible therapeutic targets can be analyzed by active efforts. Then, based on the best treatment goals, an overall treatment plan will be made. For patients who need comprehensive treatment, we also need timing arrangements for the implementation of a variety of treatment methods. In addition, both the radical anti-cancer treatment, or palliative treatment options, whether it is a single method of treatment, or various means of comprehensive treatment, a full assessment of the possible treatment benefits and risks is needed to weigh the advantages and disadvantages.

Step 4: Respect patients’ right to be informed and make decision

Cancer patient himself is at the heart of anti-cancer therapy. However, out of fear the cancer patients may be unbearable to their conditions, to “protect" the patients from being frightened, a lot of families "don’t dare" or don’t want to let the patient know the real condition because of love. If the patient himself does not know the real condition, of course, it will be difficult for them to involve in the decision making actively. It is also difficult for the patients to face the possible changes that may occur during treatment process. The patients themselves being actively participate in cancer diagnosis and treatment will not only affect the smooth implementation of the treatment process, but also significantly affect the patient's feelings and efficacy of treatment. Being told the true condition is a way to show respect to the patients’ rights and can also stimulate patients’ strong potential. It is the first hurdle we must overcome.

Of course, how to inform bad news is knowledge. When informing the patient of cancer diagnosis, it requires careful selection of the right time, manner, place, the person who will do the talking, the people need to accompany and the other details. After informing the bad news, active following up on is especially needed and support should be given timely to negative emotions.

"When you get cancer", as a patient, you need more confidence and patience. Believe your heart is strong; your potential can conquer cancer. It is a long journey and you need to continue to adhere to it; and as the family what they need to do is not how to conceal the truth of the patient's condition, but more to stimulate the potential of the patients, give them more support. Only by doing these can we overcome cancers.