You Don’t Have to Be a Doctor: Practical Ways to Help People With Cancer

Though medical research and practices have come a long way over the years, the sad truth is that around 1.9 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States by the end of 2021, resulting in 608,570 deaths. No matter where you live, there are likely many individuals in your community who are living with a form of cancer, and you don’t have to be a doctor to contribute to the fight against this harrowing, agonizing disease.

If you feel called to help cancer patients in your community maintain their quality of life, there are plenty of ways that you can contribute. Below, Faith Hope and Love Jesus discusses a few ideas to get you started.

Study Up    

If you want to begin helping cancer patients, the first thing to do is to learn as much about it as you can. Essentially, cancer is a term used to describe more than 100 different diseases, and someone can develop cancer in any area of their body. Medical professionals typically assign cancer to at least one type: leukemia, lymphoma, carcinoma, or sarcoma.

Along with learning about all the types of cancer people are living with, research the various treatments that can help alongside medical care, such as aromatherapy, physical activity, relaxation techniques, music therapy, and so on. Moreover, it can help to understand some of the decisions cancer patients and their families must make so that you can provide relevant assistance in tough times; this might include choosing the right doctors, figuring out how to navigate the complexities of insurance, filling prescriptions, and other everyday tasks.

Launch a Nonprofit     

If you are business-minded and want to make a substantial difference in your community, consider starting a nonprofit that devotes resources to cancer research, treatments, and other related issues. You will need to go through an array of legal tasks when setting up a nonprofit. You will also need to understand how to effectively market your organization so that you can attract community support and partnerships.

Promoting your cause on social media is one of the most essential steps to take in your marketing strategy. But one method that should not be overlooked is email marketing. When it comes to fundraising, email marketing is one of the most useful strategies. But there is an art to it. Along with knowing how to write a compelling, informative, and accurate email message, you must engage your audience beginning with the subject line. Your subject line not only must immediately catch a reader’s attention, but also hook them by touching on their interests and needs.

Connect With Local Charities

If you want to get involved but have no interest in starting your own organization, find charities in your area that are committed to helping people with cancer. Look for walks, hikes, and other sponsored activities and events that you can participate in to raise funds for research, awareness, treatments, etc. If you want to go the extra mile, start your own event or campaign to celebrate and honor community members that have been impacted by cancer.

Help With Everyday Tasks

Finally, one of the most practical ways that you can help your friend or neighbor who is battling cancer is to offer your assistance with daily tasks. There are many tasks that you might consider routine that people with cancer struggle with each day. Whether it is babysitting, taking the kids to school, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn, shopping for groceries, or doing any other type of errand or household chore, reach out to cancer patients in your community to let them know you are available.

We might be a long way from curing cancer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take significant steps each day to help our community members who need it. Research to learn as much as you can about cancer, and if you have an entrepreneurial spirit consider launching your own nonprofit organization. Also find local charities with which you can get involved, and connect with cancer patients in your area to see if you can lend a hand with daily tasks.

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~~FHLJ Contributor: Scott Sanders

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