Problem: If you have cancer, you may be feeling too afraid or hopeless to make your best decisions.
Solution: Give yourself time. Most people have far more power over their own health than they allow themselves to believe. One of my roles as a coach is to empower you to move past any lingering fears or doubts, and then create your own best plan for healing.
Problem: Some cancer patients don’t truly explore options until they end up in a crisis situation. Instead, they accept or decline medical treatments in the order those treatments are offered.
Solution: Just realizing you have options is great.
Now move forward. Contact me or attend a PATH Life Coaching workshop.
Problem: There’s plenty of information available about treating and healing cancer. A lot of it is incomplete, or even intentionally misleading. If you’re just starting this journey, it can take months or years to find trustworthy and relevant information.
Solution: Work with a holistic coach. We are here to save you precious time.
Problem: Medical treatments for cancer often carry serious risks that in some cases outweigh a low margin of success. Each day, people are agreeing to chemotherapy that has no chance to cure their cancer, yet is toxic to the heart, kidneys, liver, and digestive system.
1) Ask your doctor to fully explain the risks and benefits of any proposed therapy.
2) Ask how the harmful effects of therapy will be minimized.
3) Ask why they believe their plan is your best option.
Ask, ask, ask!
Your advocate should accompany you for this.
Download a printable list of helpful oncology visit questions to take to your next appointment.
Problem: Doctors and patients normally don’t read and discuss relevant clinical study results. It’s very difficult to design an appropriate treatment plan without considering this information.
A local oncologist was unable to tell me the mechanism of action of a drug he was recommending. He just said, “nobody knows”. Perhaps he wasn’t familiar with the prescribing information for that drug, or he assumed answering me would be a waste of time.
Solution: Embrace responsibility for your own health instead of pushing everything on your doctor. Start by reading the official publications for each therapy or drug your doctor proposes, then follow up with some careful internet research. This may be difficult or time-consuming, but it will pay in the long run.
I offer third-party scientific review of cancer treatment plans. This can help you identify and eliminate any potential obstacles to healing.
Problem: Medical professionals are paid to provide medical interventions.
But many tools for healing are non-medical.
There’s a perceived conflict-of-interest going on here: if you get well by non-medical means, the medical industry expects to earn less of your money. Take a lesson from history by watching Cancer: The Forbidden Cures. We live in a world where therapies have historically been aggressively promoted or intentionally smeared based on profitability. As a result, people who work within the medical industry are not always well-positioned to discuss natural healing openly and honestly, despite having your best interest at heart. They may lack the proper knowledge, and may be putting their medical career at risk by doing so. Medical professionals tend to be brilliant, compassionate people- it’s just that every human system has limitations.
That said, we’re seeing signs that the whole system is slowly starting to change, which gives me some hope. Here’s what I recommend for now:
Solution: “Don’t hire the asphalt company for a plumbing problem.”
If you have questions about chemotherapy, ask an oncologist.
If you’ve got questions about healing herbs, ask an herbalist.
Don’t assume one person has every answer.
Work with a life coach. One of my roles is to match you up with skilled local professionals whose expertise is perfect for your goals.
Problem: Treatment options are evaluated in the context of research terms like “response rate” and “median survival time”. But these metrics don’t necessarily have any bearing on whether you’ll see personally meaningful benefit from a treatment.
Solution: Have a talk with your doctor about what you expect to gain from treatment. What does “success” look like to each person in the room? Make sure you’re completely on the same page. Don’t be afraid to ask for details. If you don’t like the answers you get, that’s okay. You can choose to move in another direction.
The first plan somebody throws at you may be your best option- or not- and unless you ask some tough questions, you won’t know.
Problem: People continue to make decisions from a place of ignorance and/or fear.
Solution: Don’t let this be YOU. Gather all the necessary information, then start making the best possible decisions for your own well-being.
You are the one who will live with your choices.