Your Medical Team Are Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

Your journey towards healing and well-being goes beyond the walls of the hospital. Taking control of your health means empowering yourself to manage your care.  Explore how you can take steps to feel in control and understand that your medical team is just the tip of the iceberg.

1. Knowledge is empowering

One of the first steps towards controlling your health is learning all you can about your diagnosis. Learn as much as possible about your type of cancer, treatment options, side effects, and potential outcomes. Knowledge enables you to ask questions, participate in discussions, and make informed decisions alongside your medical team. Reliable sources like credible websites, cancer support groups, and reputable medical professionals can provide the necessary information to empower yourself in your healthcare journey.

2. Establish communication

Clear and open communication with your medical team is vital. Feel free to ask questions, express concerns, or seek clarification on any aspect of your treatment. Be an active participant in discussions regarding treatment plans, potential risks, and potential side effects. Regularly communicate your goals, preferences, and physical and emotional feelings. Remember, you are essential to the decision-making process, and your voice matters.


3. Embrace lifestyle changes

Taking control of your health means adopting a proactive attitude towards your lifestyle. Focus on self-care, paying attention to your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Incorporate healthy habits such as regular exercise, a well-balanced diet, stress management techniques, and quality sleep. While these lifestyle changes might not directly cure cancer, they can contribute to your overall health and well-being, boost your immunity, and enhance your body’s ability to fight the disease.

4. Seek support

Navigating the challenging journey of cancer can be overwhelming, emotionally draining, and isolating. It’s essential to seek support from your medical team and your loved ones, support groups, and online communities. Connecting with others who understand your experiences can provide comfort, encouragement, inspiration, and a sense of belonging. Remember, you are not alone in this battle.

5. Empower Yourself with Second Opinions

While it’s crucial to trust your medical team, seeking second opinions can be a valuable tool for taking control of your health. Professionals may offer unique perspectives, alternative treatment options, or additional expertise that could impact your healthcare decisions. Seeking a second opinion empowers you to make well-informed choices, ensuring you have explored all possible treatment avenues.


As a cancer patient it may seem the doctors are leading on your care, however they are just the tip of the iceberg, underneath, supporting their efforts is your commitment to improving your body’s terrain with good food, exercise and improving your mental health.

There are lots of blog posts on this website to give you ideas about adopting a healthy and well balanced life style.

Victoria Walsh

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Despite having the support of family, friends, and medical professionals, it’s normal to feel isolated and alone. 

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We want you to know that you can overcome this challenge and live your best life along the way.

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