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5 Ways to support a loved one with cancer

Cancer can be a total game-changer and cause significant alterations in not just the life of the person diagnosed with cancer but also their family and friends. To grasp the situation and adapt to the changes can be challenging for the loved ones of a cancer patient. If you are experiencing a situation wherein you truly want to be supportive towards a loved one diagnosed with cancer and are grappling, these tips from knowledgeable doctors, nurses and consultants at Apollo Diagnostics would be extremely helpful.

Listen, don’t just hear– More often than not, cancer patients just want a hearing ear. They appreciate someone who would just listen to them share about their cancer, the diagnosis, treatment. It may take a while for the fact that they are suffering from cancer to sink in. This would stir feelings of insecurity and frustration which they want to speak about and want someone to just listen. They are not seeking solutions but just pouring their heart out. Rather than saying it’ll be fine, just say we’ll work it out. Even if it’s just an hour a day, your empathetic listening could make that one hour they most look forward to all day.

Accept their decisions without judgment –  Through the course of treatment, they would have to take calls regarding the treatment. Since they know about the condition and factors that influence it better than anyone else, respect their choices. It is natural that out of love you research extensively on cancer treatments but it is not your place to take the call. Appreciate that the patient’s decision comes after lot of deliberation considering aspects which may be unknown to you. Not implementing your suggestion is no reason to turn your back. Your loved one always needs you by their side while a disease as terminal as cancer.

Offer advice only when solicited– It is quite obvious that when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer you would go all out in your educating yourself about the cancer. However, it is wise to not bombard the cancer patient with latest information regarding the diagnosis or trends in treatments. This isn’t the time for fun facts or trivia, just show your solidarity without being overbearing. If asked for opinions or advice be objective and concise while speaking up. Also sharing stories of others’ treatment experiences is avoidable unless asked.

Indulge in a range of conversation subjects and activities – Your friend is already overwhelmed by the physical treatment and well-intentioned advice from all and sundry. They need a breather from constant cancer conversation. Chat up like before, share friendly gossip, discuss fashion, TV shows, music, movies, recipes just as you used to pre-cancer. You may think you are taking extra good care of them by doing all their chores like dishes and laundry while they may want to do it themselves to feel normal. Observe if they can manage and allow them to do it unless they are forthright in requesting for help. Just be around, lend a helping hand when needed and keep conversations light, silly and show the love rather than say it.

Always invite them to your plans –  While making plans don’t assume that they may be unable to join or enjoy because of their condition. The best way of showing camaraderie is letting a sense of normalcy prevail. Continue to invite them to the movies, a lunch date, book club or other outings and activities as you always used to. Let them take the call if they are up to it, if they do refuse do not push too much.

Battling a cancer is in itself a herculean task, but having your loved ones stand by you, day and night, rain or shine, can help conquer the battle. The key is to keep things the way they were pre-cancer and before you know it, your loved one would have surmounted the cancer being ever so grateful for your support.

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Patient Testimonials

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal