Ten Things You Can Do to Fight Terminal Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 40 percent of men and women in the US will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. That is the bad news. The good news is that the number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis passed the 14.5 million mark in 2014 and is expected to rise to almost 19 million by 2024.

If you are among the millions of Americans facing a cancer diagnosis, there are things you can do to improve your odds of survival - even if you have been told your cancer is terminal. Below is a list, based on both scientific evidence and the experiences of other survivors.

1 - Resolve to survive

Of all the things you can do to increase your odds of surviving cancer, deciding that you truly want to live is one of the most important. People who strengthen their resolve to fight their illness are more likely to take the actions needed to do so, even when they are difficult.

2 - Select the right medical team

Cancer is not one illness but many illnesses with varied causes, symptoms, and treatments. Whether you have a more common type of cancer such as breast or prostate, or a rare cancer like malignant pleural mesothelioma, studies show that patients who seek out medical professionals with significant experience in their particular type of cancer consistently have the best outcomes.

3 - Surround yourself with positivity

Although there is little scientific data on the connection between positivity and cancer survival, the experience of many cancer survivors suggests that there is one. Paul Kraus, the world’s longest living mesothelioma survivor, is one example. The Australian man credits positivity and a healthy lifestyle with his unprecedented 20-year survival.

4 - Optimize your immune system with healthy lifestyle habits

Kraus is also a living example of the cancer-fighting power of healthy mental and physical habits. After receiving a diagnosis of terminal mesothelioma, Kraus radically changed his diet and began exercising and meditating regularly. His book on how he did it, “Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers”, has become the most popular mesothelioma book in the world.

5 - Rest when you are tired

Both living with cancer and undergoing cancer treatment can be exhausting. Even positive people need to take time to rest and recuperate to ensure their bodies are functioning optimally. Follow your body’s lead, lighten your schedule, and give yourself time to put your feet up when you need it.

6 - Seek the company of survivors

A survival attitude can be contagious. Research consistently shows that cancer patients who actively participate in support groups with others survivors have an easier time with treatment, are able to stay more positive, and are more likely to become survivors themselves.

7 - Stay up-to-date on the newest therapies and research

Cancer research is a fast-moving field. Your medical team is only one source of information on your type of cancer. Other trusted sources like the American Cancer Society and cancer-specific websites like SurvivingMesothelioma. com can be a wealth of information on the very latest treatment options and cutting-edge studies. Education is empowering. Optimize your chances for survival by becoming an “expert” in your type of cancer.

8 - Laugh and have fun

Laughter has a long history of use in medicine. Among other things, it enhances the intake of oxygen, stimulates the heart and lungs, relaxes the muscles and triggers the release of painkilling endorphins. According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which utilizes humor therapy as part of its treatment protocols, a growing body of research supports the idea that laughter may have therapeutic value.

9 - Pursue interesting hobbies and interests

Like laughter, worry also has physiological effects on the body, but its effects are negative, including an increase in blood pressure and a less efficient use of oxygen. But when our minds are engaged, such as when we are pursuing a hobby or learning a new skill, we tend to worry less and feel less stress, leaving the body free to concentrate on healing.

10 - Lean on a higher power

Many studies suggest that faith has powerful healing properties. Trusting in the idea that a higher intelligence is at work in our lives and bodies can relieve stress, provide comfort, and infuse us with strength we may not have known we had. Mesothelioma survivor Paul Kraus and other cancer survivors often cite prayer and faith as primary reasons for their survival.


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any health condition and is not a replacement for advice, recommendations or treatment by a professional healthcare provider. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to an existing treatment. You should not delay in seeking or disregard medical advice based on information in this article.

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