Getting the diagnosis that you have been stricken with the big ‘c' word is one of the scariest moments to live through in life. Many people have these misconceptions or false beliefs about their treatment, and some it may affect that they will not even seek out treatment.
The biggest misconception or false belief is that ‘laughter is the best medicine'. Not only is this dangerous and short-sighted, but it shows that you cast doubt on centuries of scientific advancements. However, these other misconceptions must be tended with. Not all treatment is the same.
1. The federal agency and big pharma are holding out on us
The first & foremost thing to realize is that both the federal administration and your doctor are allied with you. Your safety is their paramount concern, so they will not haphazardly give the ok to pharmaceuticals that are not safe, or have not been sufficiently tested yet.
2. Treatment is necessary for all types of cancer
Your treatment is entirely up to you, and some patients may choose to do without any sort of cancer treatments if they have either cancer that is very slow-growing or one that has already advanced into its later stages.
Many people with advanced cancer feel the benefits treatment will give them are not made up for by the unpleasantness of treatment. Similarly, if it is slow-growing, people might decide to wait and see. Treatment is always an option later in life.
3. Cancer treatment is a cancer treatment
A huge myth is that every cancer is treated alike. Think about it; two people can have the same cancer, same stage, same everything. However, due to their genetic makeup, they may process the chemotherapy and other medications differently. Your cancer treatment will be bespoke, perfectly fitted to your life and genetics.
4. Cancer hurts
One thing people tend to think often is that cancer will always be this painful odyssey of depression. However, many cancers do not present with any sort of pain at all, and most only start to hurt when they get into the later stages. However, some cancers are fraught with pain as a hallmark of sorts. To deal with these many cancer specialists and doctors have also been trained in pain relief.
5. Surgery or needle biopsy can cause cancer to spread
Those dealing with concurrent health problems they must face on a daily basis in addition to cancer will do well to heed this: It is impractical to postpone life-altering procedures because you're afraid of what has not been scientifically proven. Cancer is, in effect, mutated cells.
They often travel because they don't really care what type of cell it is, only that they can change it. An outside force will not trigger this. If surgery of the prognosis from a needle biopsy can improve your quality of life, don't use cancer as an excuse not to undergo the essential treatment.
6. Getting treatment means upsetting your life
So many people think that if they choose to start cancer treatment, it means they will have to ave home, be away from their support network, uproot their lives. However, a lot of cancers are easily treated as an outpatient procedure at a hospital of your choice. A lot of cancer research is about how to continue to live a healthy life while undergoing these treatments.
As a society, we have so many things to say about cancer. However, some of the opinions we tout as fact have been debunked. If you are diagnosed with cancer, it is to be hoped that this list can better help you make a decision when choosing whether or not to seek treatment.