After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families
Finding out you have cancer brings many changes for you and your loved ones. You probably have lots of questions:
- Can it be cured?
- What are the best treatment options?
- Will treatment hurt or make me feel bad?
- How long will treatment take?
- Will I have to stay in a hospital?
- Will I be able to keep my job?
- How much will cancer treatment cost?
Here, we answer many questions about cancer and cancer treatment. We also tell you what you can expect from the people and services that are there to help you cope with cancer. To help you prepare for visits with your health care team, we offer ideas for questions you may want to ask. We hope this information will help you and your family as you work through your fears and concerns about cancer and cancer treatment.
Please keep in mind that this is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor or nurse. Talking with them is the best way to understand what’s going on with your body and how treatment will work.
- After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families
- What is cancer?
- Who gets cancer?
- Am I going to die?
- How do I cope?
- How do I talk to people about having cancer?
- Making treatment decisions
- Common types of cancer treatment
- How is treatment planned?
- What should I ask my doctor?
- Will I be able to work during treatment?
- Will I be able to exercise during treatment?
- How will cancer affect my sex life?
- How will I pay for all of this?
- What other resources do I have?
- To learn more
Last Medical Review: February 20, 2015 Last Revised: February 20, 2015