Appendix Cancer Patients Can Overcome Depression

Depression is a condition that touches the lives of many patients, and their family caregivers. The symptoms of depression may become more pronounced during the winter or holiday season. Among the causes for depression among some Pseudomyxoma Peritonei patients are....

Isolation

Isolation may include situations of not being able to relate to other cancer patients, nor having them relate to you. Most people have heard of colon, breast or lung cancer, few people, have ever heard of Appendix Cancer, or Pseudomyxoma Peritonei.

Many traditional or well-known cancer societies don’t support patients diagnosedrare cancers, as their research and support services are directed towards the more common cancers. 

Confusion


Many local or family physicians aren’t familiar with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei and may mis diagnose the condition, thus delaying appropriate medical treatment.

Fear

Patients and their loved ones may have concerns about surgery and othermedical treatments. Although the internet has become a modern tool for sharing information, some methods of information, i.e., via “chat rooms” or “message boards” can be sources of misinformation, leading to fear and confusion.

Fatigue


Insomnia, worrying, and general lack of sleep associated with diagnosis,can contribute to the condition of depression.

Change

Lifestyle adjustments, whether temporary or permanent, associated with medical treatment, may contribute to depression. Changes in lifestyle may affectemployment, athletic recreation, relationships and intimacy.

Medications

Side effects from some medications may contribute to depression. Pharmacists and 
physicians can educate patients and their caregivers about the possible side effects
related to some medications.

Finances

Medical treatment, and time taken from work to complete treatment, can strain any budget. The “Financial Benefits” link at www.pmppals.org provides resources for disability and other benefits, in addition, help with health insurance challenges.

Sources of Relief from Depression


Here are a few options for overcoming depression:

Seek professional counseling through licensed, healthcare professionals,


Spiritual guidance of your choice,

Direct, “one on one” communication with other “PMP Pals.”

Request a “Pal Mentor” to assist you with helpful resources and practical suggestions!

A well-informed patient may be less likely to feel depressed after some of the fear and mystery of their medical treatment plan is fully understood.

Become pro active in your medical treatment!

Research your options for medical treatment.

Become a “team player” with your healthcare provider!


Volunteer to help others.



It has been proven in numerous studies that when we extend ourselves to help others, we benefit as well!

Share your talents and positive experiences with other patients; we all have valuable and helpful resources to exchange!

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Articles posted in PMP Pals, on the PMP Pals’ Network Blog are written from the perspective of patients and their family caregivers, and are not intended to substitute for licensed, professional legal or medical assistance. Patients should seek the guidance of their licensed healthcare professionals. Copyright © 2011 by Gabriella Graham/PMP Pals’ Network/All rights reserved.