Surviving Lymphoma: Stress & PTSD

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Cancer is a stressful disease to deal with. There are harsh treatments, painful symptoms, and the threat of death, along with financial worries, employment concerns, and relationships to manage. Self-esteem usually suffers, too, especially if a patient experiences alopecia (hair loss). Stress can lead to anxiety, restlessness, and physical illness such as nausea.

Since there are so many possible sources of stress, it's impossible to fully cure or reduce it. However, relaxation techniques, spiritual beliefs, and positive thinking can help. If you experience stress, try to identify what's bothering you and talk about your problems to your loved ones.

Stress can continue into remission, so figure out which coping techniques work for you and keep at them. Meditation, acupuncture, and therapy are all valid methods. Try anything that you think may help you.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Lymphomas can cause lasting stress once a patient enters remission. PTSD is becoming a recognized late effect of cancer treatments as the number of survivors increases every year. Talk to your doctor if you can't manage your stress.

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