Coping with the Diagnosis of Cancer Learn as much as possible about your disease. Arm yourself with information in order to lessen frustration. Don't hesitate to ask questions about your disease. Consider keeping a notebook with all of the medical records and information about your diagnosis. Coping with Terminal Cancer Sometimes, cancer cannot be cured. When that is the case, patients and families are faced with complex emotions and a variety of end of life issues. Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by improving the symptoms of his or her illness, such as pain, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping. It's used with a variety of ailments, including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure, or congestive heart failure. Palliative Care Methods for Controlling Pain The biggest problem with palliative care is that many people are referred for care too late. By starting this type of care early, and by using the right type of pain management, nearly all pain problems can be relieved or reduced. Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pumps Patient-controlled analgesia is a method of pain management that allows you to decide when you will get a dose of pain medication. You don’t need to wait for a nurse, and you can get smaller doses of pain medicine more frequently. Take a ‘Vacation’ from Cancer Many people with cancer benefit from taking a respite from their condition from time to time. This “vacation” from cancer can come in many forms. Living with an Ostomy When your body is unable to remove waste effectively, whether because of a disease or a medical procedure, you may need an ostomy. An ostomy is an opening that is created surgically somewhere on the body to help in the discharge of stool or urine.