March 12, 2019
By: PathSOS Team

Emotional Stress on Cancer Patients

Stress is the condition when a person feels that he/she is under some mental, physical or emotional pressure. The human body responds to any kind of stress by releasing hormones which increase blood pressure, increased heart rate and increased blood sugar levels. When a person is detected with cancer, it not only affects the person but also his/her parents and family members and his close friends and relatives. A person who is detected with cancer, has to endure a hard and long journey in which his physical, mental and emotional conditions will be tested and they will be tested very hard. It can also affect his connection with his family and dear and near ones. A person’s financial condition, social status, and the psychological situation can change when he/she is detected with or undergoing the treatment of cancer.

Feelings of depression, surrender, and anxiety is very common and is normal to this very life-changing experience. However, having a happy and self-motivating attitude can help the person in this tedious journey of his. A patient needs to tell his doctor about the stressful condition that he/she is facing and the feelings the person is having at that period, because a doctor is not there to help him just with the cure of cancer and prescribing medicines to the person but the doctor can also help him with his feelings and inspire him in this life-changing event of his.

Reports show that as many as 40% of the time doctors did not understand the mental or emotional condition of a patient. It is mostly seen that the person affected most other than the person who has cancer is his/her spouse in the whole family circle. When a person experiences stress the body responds with a big neurological and endocrine change. Researchers have that a reduction in overall stress can be achieved when a combination of medical and psychological interventions are used. Cancer does not just affect a particular body part of a patient, it affects the whole person their near and dear ones.

Coping up with Mood Swings during Cancer

  • Talk about the emotional changes to a doctor: A doctor is the best person who can help a patient with cancer or undergoing cancer cure. Some patients hold themselves back from telling their doctor about their mood changes but this should not be done. A patient should talk freely about his/her mood changes during the cancer treatment period. 
  • Eating well: A patient should eat well and eat healthy keeping his/her health in mind. If proper and healthy food is not supplied to the body during this crucial time period, then that can be the cause of another serious issue.  
  • Doing relaxation exercises (yoga): Doing relaxation exercises can help keep the body and mind stable and also help keep a positive mood throughout the day. Doing yoga every day can also help reduce anxiety, depression, tiredness, and fatigue thus making them feel refreshed every day.
  • Doing some regular sets of exercises: Doing some regular sets of exercises like swimming, walking, jogging or any other form of exercise can help keep the patient’s mind distracted and help them remain calm and happy.
  • Avoiding alcohol: It is fine if the patient drinks a measured amount of alcohol with the permission and consultation of the doctor who is currently treating him. Otherwise, if alcohol is drunk without the knowledge of the doctor it might react with the drugs which are currently being used for treating the patient’s cancer and cause risky side-effects. However, it has been seen that drinking malt whiskey can help prevent cancer.
  • Getting enough sleep: While a person is being treated for cancer his/her need for sleep may increase as the body repairs itself. Studies show that the hormone produced by the brain when the body is sleeping is melatonin which may have antioxidant properties that can help stop cancer-causing cells.
  • Talking to other people about your feelings: Talking to people close to your heart can help a person open up and ease his mind from the negative thoughts and thus relieve him/her of the tension and stress. Reaching out to friends might help.
  • Talk to a cancer survivor: A small talk with a cancer survivor can help the person gain some knowledge from his experience and also motivate the person to keep the negativity at bay. Also talking to a cancer survivor may help the current patient improve his body and mind more and also teach them how to cope with their fears.