How to Cope with a Cancer Diagnosis

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Being told you have cancer is terrifying and overwhelming and The Doctors welcome oncologist Dr. Steven Eisenberg to share tips on coping after being diagnosed.

"How can you foster this sense of love when you are going through something as scary as cancer?" the author of "Love Is the Strongest Medicine," asks, explaining the acronym "L.O.V.E." can help.

Listen - "Listen to yourself. What do you need?" he says, "Listen to what your heart is telling you and whatever you need to express is okay. He notes nobody diagnosed with cancer needs to worry about being a "perfect patient." "You can go through this however you need to," he says.

Observe -  He encourages anyone dealing with cancer to look at who you are surrounding yourself with and make sure they are people you love and who love you. He also says to observe your diet, exercise, and what is going on inside your body.

Verbalize - "Stress takes everything we are going through and makes it worse," he shares, suggesting we need to let out any stress and express our feelings and emotions about having cancer. Dr. Eisenberg also recommends expressing your needs to those around you and not being afraid to ask for what you need.

Empathize - "Have self-compassion, give up the blame game," he says, explaining the more compassionate you are towards yourself, the more empowered you will feel, something that will be vital as you go through treatment.

Find out more from oncologist Dr. Steven Eisenberg in his book, "Love Is the Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion." 

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