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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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You will get a call within 12 Hrs from the time of Booking. *T&C – Free home sample collection is not available on specific tests. Pediatric home sample collection ( kids below 10 years age ) is available at specific cities only

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“The way Apollo Diagnostics kept me at ease during the sample collection process, the way they supported me to be at my convenience and confidence is really something I’ll always remember. They were also flawless in maintaining the hygiene. Hats off to them!”

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“My mother needed a blood test, but was unable to walk due to pain in her leg. A Phlebotomist from Apollo Diagnostics came home and collected the sample. I was informed, via SMS, that the report could be collected from any of the 3 centres in Dibrugarh, downloaded online or even delivered home for a nominal fee. Although the rates were reasonable, my mother also received a senior citizens discount too! This saved my time, money & energy. My aachhe din really seemed to have arrived! Thank you Apollo Diagnostics and hats off for displaying true professionalism.”

Mr. Alokk Kar Dowerah, Dibrugarh

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“Their accurate understanding of customer’s needs is one thing that set them apart and ahead of all others. As a result, it becomes easier for them to deliver the right service, that with their matchless efficiency and care to ensure less pain and easily accomplished sample collection. Apollo Diagnostics is simply doing an amazing job!”

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“The overall service standard of Apollo Diagnostics is admirably high. The technician was punctual and well-behaved, and has the genuine skill to collect the test sample without troubling the customer. These are probably some of the major reasons for them to be the best in India.”

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