The diagnosis of cancer, of a precancerous process, or even of a benign blood disease or tumor formation can be a significant life experience. The conviction that these diseases are increasingly treatable or even curable makes dealing with the problem easier but is not a guarantee for an optimal treatment outcome. To achieve this, a close and trusting relationship between the affected person and his/her caregivers is required
What can I do to make the consultation particularly successful for me?
- Prepare carefully for the consultation.
- Take a close contact whom you trust along to your appointment.
- Bring the following informations with you:
- Your medical history listed in chronology from first onset of symptoms until present
- Test results (if any)
- Treatments received
- Consider what you want to discuss and which questions you would like to have clarified, make notes and bring them with you
Complementary medical measures can contribute significantly to symptom relief, well-being and a better quality of life. However, everyone should select the measure that best suits his/her personality and disease situation. Complementary medical measures provide the opportunity to actively do something for yourself, in contrast to passively taking medication.
Complementary measures are for instance:
- Autogenic training
- Tai Chi
- Chi Gong
- Physical activities
- Therapeutic Touch
Disease as a Catalyst for Conscious Living
Difficult situations such as illness are often the cause for reflection and more conscious living. Not infrequently, a previously not experienced intensity of emotional bonds is achieved through this situation, what is important is distinguished from what is unimportant, and the life energy is directed to meaningful activities that create joy. Often this will lead to a previously unimagined intensity and quality of life.
In concrete terms:
- Focus your daily routine and attention on things that bring you joy and fulfillment
- If possible let go of things that weigh you down or are unimportant to you.
- Live your life and do not allow yourself to be hemmed in!
Follow the 5 L's from Ludwig
Actors have a very low risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as long as they exercise their brains by learning new roles. After ending their career the risk for Alzheimer’s disease approaches that of the general population.
Top athletes have a significantly lower risk of breast cancer. Patients who develop cancer such as colon cancer have better chances of survival if they follow a regular exercise program after their diagnosis. In addition to the prolongation of survival, it also enhances well-being.
Numerous studies point to the importance of joyful activities for stress reduction and increased well-being. Here the word love refers not only to the love for another person, but also to the satisfaction that can be experienced when engaging in fulfilling activities.
Laughter leads to a relaxation of muscle tone, activates the immune system and results in increased release of endorphins. Studies have shown a link between laughter and reduced cardiovascular mortality.
A Mediterranean diet has been shown to be best for prevention of heart diseases, diabetes and cancer, and is associated with longer life expectancy. Eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil. Reduce red meat, avoid processed food, sugars, and alcohol.