Cancer and Senior Citizens

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Cancer and Senior Citizens

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Age is a great risk factor for developing cancer. Around 50% of people who have cancer are aged 55 and above. So are 50% of cancer survivors. If you have cancer and you are aged 55 and above, you should know that you are not alone.

Your age also determines the kind of treatment that you will need. The best treatment also depends on your lifestyle, diet, weight and general health. Knowing how cancer can affect you and how it is treated is important. You will need to know the different kinds of cancer and how to treat them.

There are some common situations you might find yourself in if you have cancer as an older adult. You might have a disability or another disease. Talk to your doctor about your illness. Let him or her tell you of possible side effects your treatment may bring.

Let your doctor also know if you have another disease and keep him or her updated on your situation. You might find yourself worrying about getting appointments and treatment. To avoid this, talk to your family members and doctors about your treatment options.

Other options include private medical transportation, insurance and rides from work. You might also need help with meals. A proper diet is an important part of cancer treatment. During treatment, you might lose weight and it may put you at risk of other health issues. Having friends and family bring you food and eating often will help you during your treatment.

A health assessment is important if you have cancer. It is recommended before starting your treatment. Knowing everything about your health helps your doctor in making sure that your treatment is successful and safe. A health assessment will check your physical health, your vision, medication, eating habits, emotional health, bladder control and how independent you are.

Before deciding on which treatment or dietary remedy is needed for your cancer, you should learn about your treatment options. Have a biopsy. A biopsy is a test where the doctor removes a small tissue sample so as to check if you have cancer.

You should also know if you require milder treatment. Depending on which kind of cancer you have, you should know if milder treatment can also help. No matter how old you are, it is important for you to know your treatment options and how safe they are.

Some common questions you might have include:

  • What is the exact type of cancer you have?
  • How do you treat it?
  • What stage is the cancer?
  • What are your treatment options?
  • Which treatment plan is recommended?
  • What should be included in your diet?

At the age of 55 and above, your family members may be busy with work and you might feel lonely. Joining a cancer support group will help you understand what other people with cancer are going through. Cancer in the senior citizens is common; talking to a counselor will help you relieve stress and anxiety. Remember, a cancer diagnoses is not a death warranty. You can get healed off cancer if it is caught early on time.

 

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