July is Sarcoma/Bone Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 3,610 new cases of bone and joint cancer will be diagnosed in 2021. Chondrosarcomas is more likely to develop in adults, with an average age of diagnosis of 51. Osteosarcomas and Ewing tumors occur most often in children and teens.
Once diagnosed with bone cancer, people deal with the stress and uncertainty in different ways. Patients must go through treatment and adjust to the “new normal.” Here are a few strategies to help cope with bone cancer after receiving your diagnosis:
It is normal to need time to deal with your emotional response to the diagnosis, you don’t have to sort out your entire plan at once.
Your treatment plan for bone cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, so a variety of coping skills are needed at different times during your cancer journey.
The worry of cancer returning may be overwhelming and stressful for survivors of bone cancer. Do all that you can to address your feelings, learn coping strategies and find ways to feel in control of your health and life in general.
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