Therapeutic Ways of Dealing with Cancer & Cancer Treatment

rsz_therapeutic_ways_of_dealing_with_cancer_and_cancer_treatment_1A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing shock: no matter who you are or what your diagnosis, it’s a moment that changes your life forever. For most people it’s a scary time, and it can dig up a host of difficult emotions. But eventually, the shock will die down – and as strange as it may seem, you need to find ways of living with the fight against cancer; of making it livable. At Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, our mission is to provide world-class cancer treatment to patients throughout the Phoenix area – but beyond just helping you beat cancer, we want to make the process easier for you. Here are a few steps you can take for dealing with cancer in a therapeutic, productive, and nurturing way.


Meditation has been practiced in the great religious traditions of the East for millennia, but it’s starting to gain a foothold in modern western culture as well. More and more everyday people are discovering the far-reaching benefits of a meditation practice, and an increasing body of scientific literature is demonstrating just how powerful meditation can be. In fact, one meta-analysis of 29 clinical studies on mindfulness meditation found that daily meditation can a positive effect on psychological well being as strong as starting an antidepressant. This makes meditation a powerful tool for coping with the stresses of fighting cancer.

Therapeutic Pets

Another unconventional approach to healing that’s been gaining more traction in the medical community is therapy pets. Having an animal companion isn’t just good for company, but more and more research is showing it can have a tangible effect on mental well being and even on the speed of your recovery. While dogs are the most common therapy animal, there’s no reason a loving cat, bird, or even a pet fish couldn’t help you deal with the difficulties of cancer.

Exploring Spirituality

Religious belief is generally declining in the West, but few things can open a door to spiritual belief quite like facing one’s own mortality. Even if you’ve never been particularly religious, it might be worth it to start exploring your own spiritual or religious beliefs and experience. It’s important to note that spirituality doesn’t have to come from the pulpit – while many people draw strength from a spiritual community like a church or mosque, it’s just as valid to draw spiritual support from communing with nature or deep meditation. A spiritual practice may help you see the cancer treatment process in a different light, giving you a more grounded perspective for facing the trials of the day to day.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Phoenix, AZ Cancer Treatment Center

These ideas may help you find a way to make the fight against cancer a little more livable, but it’s important to remember that they’re never a substitute for high-quality cancer treatment. If you still haven’t decided what method you’re going to use to treat your own cancer, the team at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists would be happy to help. We can use radiation therapy to provide a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment option for almost any form of cancer – and we’re always happy to provide a second opinion on your treatment recommendation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at one of our six Phoenix, AZ cancer treatment facilities. We’ll help you choose a treatment that helps you get well without putting undue stress on your body, mind, and soul.

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