When patients feel up to it, health experts recommend trying different things to keep them positive, like getting out of the house, meeting up with a friend, even going for a walk. “Their outlook on their diagnosis does help or hurt their treatment,” said Marino.
Nurse navigators, are with the patient throughout their journey, offering emotional, medical, educational and financial resources. “I’m here to provide hope because I’ve seen it. I’ve seen patients work through it,” said Marino.
It’s important for family and friends to also be understanding, supportive, and offer encouragement.
“Take small steps. One day at a time. One treatment at a time. One moment at a time,” said Marino.
If patients can try to stay upbeat, explore different mechanisms to reduce stress, and have a strong support system, health experts say it can improve their cancer journey.
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