Bone Cancer Support

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Bone cancer support plays a major role in helping a patient and his family, cope with bone cancer. Wide arrays of services are available to support bone cancer patients. Some of these are outlined below,

Counseling: Counseling activity seeks to educate the patient as well as help him cope with emotional shock of contracting bone cancer. Counseling is also targeted as follows

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  1. Manage emotional responses such as anxiety, fear and sadness
  2. To help you find accurate and reliable information sources
  3. To help you find the right treatment, hospitals and care centers
  4. To help you get financial aid
  5. To help you interact with other patients and doctors and social groups
  6. To help you generate better and positive family response
Counseling can be done by doctors, trained social workers and psychologists. Your friends and family can provide you by providing initial counseling but it is always better to take professional help

Financial assistance: One of the biggest problems that bone cancer patient's face is the prohibitive cost of diagnosis as well as treatments. There are number of organizations providing cancer aid. They can help you manage your financial needs. Activities that can be funded are

  1. Diagnosis and treatment costs
  2. Care centre and hospital charges
  3. Medication charges such as pain management medicine
  4. Transportation charges such as ambulance, taxi, buses, gasoline and even parking fees
  5. Child or parent and home care centre charges
  6. Help with insurance claims and reimbursements

In USA following organizations can help you with financial aid

  • Social Security website of USA
  • Medicare and Medicaid foundation
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance
  • National Marrow Donor Program
  • Sarcoma Alliance

Online, Telephonic and face to face support groups: A cancer patient will feel stronger and will be able to express his concerns to such support groups. These support groups offer following services

  1. Lend a ear to the patient to vent out his problems and issues
  2. Offer practical advice such as where to go for financial aid
  3. Remind him of important dates and timings like doctor's appointments and medicine doses
  4. Schedule appointments, take care of transport, hospital or care centre admissions
  5. Help him with medical documentation like understand reports
  6. Offer legal and medical help such as, with insurance settlements

Online support groups rely on specialty websites and online forums to help the bone cancer patient. A trained oncologist or cancer doctor or social worker may chat online with you to help you address your queries.

Telephonic and face to face support groups add a personal touch to your interactions with such specialists or social workers. They can advice you about a wide number of things such as,

  1. Symptoms of bone cancer such as pain and fractures of bones
  2. Diagnosis of bone cancer such as using bone scans or bone biopsies.
  3. Treatments of bone cancer such as surgery or chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  4. Side effects of above treatments
  5. Possible outcomes of the treatments,
  6. Coping with bone cancer, its management both before and after the treatment

These support groups will address issues such as how to communicate the news of bone cancer to your family, how to obtain family support for your treatment, what would be the implications of contracting bone cancer, how to treat a family member who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and most importantly how to remain emotionally and physically strong and optimistic.

Following organizations are well known for the support they provide:

  • The Bone and Cancer Foundation (1-888 862-0999)
  • American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345)
  • Cancer Support Community (1-888-793-9355)
  • Cancer Care Organization 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)

Bone cancer education groups: Technology has made it possible to spread bone cancer awareness. Bone cancer education is spread using following ways:

  1. Regular workshops such as those conducted by Cancer Care's Education Department and National Cancer Institute in USA or National Cancer Intelligence Network in UK or Union for International Cancer Control in Switzerland
  2. Workshops by cancer care centre's, local cancer hospitals
  3. Podcasts by various support groups and affiliated sites
  4. Seminars, exhibits, white papers and brochures related to bone cancer
  5. Radio and TV talk shows
  6. Publications such as fact sheets and booklets written by specialist and experienced doctors and researchers

Bone cancer support, thus, involves educating, understanding needs and showing care to bone cancer patients. Do make yourself a part of such a support group.

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