When cancer enters an individual’s life

When cancer enters an individual’s life, it doesn’t just enter their lives and affects them, and it also enters the lives of their family members and their close friends. When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, it begins to affect all their relationships in many different ways. All of the family members can be affected. This includes children, adults, extended family, and grandparents. Often everyone has an opinion about the diagnosis. Different types of emotions occur within the family, emotions such as anger frustration to denial, and within one family they can have all these reactions. The impact of cancer on a family is best compared to the ripple effect, and the result of the illness, causing changes to the family’s identity and to the daily routines. All these changed that the family goes through have long-lasting effects, regardless of the disease’s outcome.
There are several concerns the family has, especially the primary caregiver, but the overall family will experience stress. According to Northouse and Peters-Golden, they concluded that these concerns are categorized into three essential areas (Northouse & Peters-Golden, 1993). The first and most significant concern that comes with cancer is the fear of what type of cancer, the degree, and it’s spread. Many spouses worry about the duration of the disease from the time of when it is first diagnosed to the outcome of the disease. In a study of spousal caregivers, the study reported that the significant spouses’ concern was the fear of their spouse dies, even when the patients were essentially asymptomatic (Toseland, Blachard, & McCalion,1995). For example, women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and their husbands might have a lack of control or a feeling of helplessness. Both the women and their fear cancer itself more than losing their breast, this is because of the unpredictability and the heightened uncertainty of the course of the disease and the experience of the illness itself