When one has just been diagnosed with having thyroid cancer, it can be quite overwhelming. You may feel lost as to what you should do next. You will even find yourself re-evaluating your future and the impact of the condition. This can be a challenge but there are some things you can do while trying to cope.
Find out all you can. Becoming as knowledgeable as you can will help greatly. Get all the details including the type, stage and any and all treatment options. Ask your physician where you can get more information about it. The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society should be at the top of your list.
Connect with other survivors. Sometimes this approach might be difficult. You may not be someone who can open up easily, especially in this situation. However, talking with persons in a similar situation can be a source of strength. Speak to your physician about joining a local support group. The American Cancer Society or the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association can be a place to connect with other cancer survivors online.
Control what you can about your health. Take steps to keep your body healthy while undergoing treatment. Even after treatment, your health should be a high priority. This entails eating a healthy diet consisting of fruits and vegetables. Be sure to get enough sleep every night. Being well rested is very important. Incorporating physical activity regularly such as regular exercise will also contribute to your overall health.
Doctors still aren’t sure of the causes of thyroid cancer. There is no method to prevent thyroid cancer in persons who have a risk of developing it.
Prevention for people with a high risk
Surgery may be the best option for persons who have an inherited gene mutation that increases risk. Prophylactic thyroidectomy is one such procedure. A genetic counselor will be able to explain your risk and discuss treatment options with you.
Prevention for people near nuclear power plants
If a nuclear power plant suffered fallout, it is possible for people living nearby to develop cancer. If you live near a nuclear power plant in the U.S. (within 10 miles), you may be eligible to receive a supply of potassium iodide. Potassium iodide blocks the effects of radiation, which could cause thyroid cancer. If fallout should occur, potassium iodide tablets could help prevent thyroid cancer from development. Your local emergency department can provide more information.
Explore Alternative Remedies
There are alternative treatments that can be taken in conjunction with any conventional prescriptions. These alternative treatments can improve the quality of life during the treatment period. They can be continued even after the treatment process. The goal of alternative thyroid cancer therapy is the rebuilding and strengthening of a weak immune system. It helps the body to fight thyroid cancer more effectively.
Alternative therapies for thyroid cancer include meditative techniques, acupuncture, yoga, aromatherapy and massages. This is not direct treatment but enhances the healing process greatly. Such therapies help to keep the patient calm and mentally strong during therapy and recovery. It also helps to dissipate any negative emotions brought on by the cancer.
Herbs and herb -derived dietary supplements can also be effective as alternative therapies for thyroid cancer sufferers. These herbal supplements assist the immune system and the body fight off cancer cells.