- After Diagnosis: A Guidefor Patients and Families
- What is cancer?
- Who gets cancer?
- Did I cause my cancer?
- Can cancer be inherited?
- Why me?
- Am I going to die?
- How do I cope?
- How do I talk to people about my diagnosis?
- Making treatment decisions
- How is treatment planned?
- What should I ask my doctor?
- Will I have pain?
- 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 this?
- What other resources do I have?
- To learn more
To learn more
The American Cancer Society programs listed below may be offered in your area. Check your local phone book for your nearest Society office or call 1-800-227-2345.
Cancer Survivors NetworkSM
The American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network is a free online community created by and for people with cancer and their families. This online community is a welcoming, safe place for people to find hope and inspiration from others who have “been there.” Services include discussion boards, chat rooms, and personal Web space to tell your story, blog, post images, exchange private messages with members, and much more. Check it out at http://csn.cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Network offers people with cancer and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for quality care may be away from home. By not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging, Hope Lodge guests can focus on getting well. And Hope Lodge facilities offer much more than just free lodging. They provide a nurturing, home-like environment where patients and caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with others who are going through similar experiences. The Society can tell you if there are other resources offering free or low-cost housing in cities where a Hope Lodge facility is not available.
I Can Cope®
I Can Cope® is a free online educational program for people facing cancer and their families and friends. The program is comprised of self-paced classes that can be taken any time, day or night. Take as few or as many classes as you like. Many topics are offered such as information about cancer, managing treatments and side effects, healthy eating during and after treatment, communicating with family and friends, finding resources, and more. These free classes are available any time at cancer.org/onlineclasses.
Some cancer treatments can change the way you look. At a Look Good...Feel Better session, you can learn ways to help with side effects like hair loss and skin changes. There are also programs for men and teens. This free program is offered jointly by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association. For more information, call 1-800-395-LOOK (1-800-395-5665) or your local American Cancer Society office.
Reach To Recovery®
If you have breast cancer, you may want to talk to someone who knows what you’re feeling – someone who has “been there.” The American Cancer Society can help through our free Reach To Recovery program. We can match you with a volunteer who will talk with you about coping with your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Every volunteer is trained and is a breast cancer survivor. They know what it’s like to hear the words “You have breast cancer.”
Road To Recovery®
Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. If finding a ride is a problem for you, we may be able to help. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides rides to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can get the lifesaving treatments they need.
The “tlc” magalog is the American Cancer Society’s catalog and magazine for women. It offers helpful articles and a line of products made for women fighting cancer. Products include wigs, hairpieces, breast forms, bras, hats, turbans, swimwear, and accessories. You can order by phone at 1-800-850-9445 or online at www.tlcdirect.org. All proceeds from product sales go back into the American Cancer Society’s programs and services for patients and survivors.
More information from your American Cancer Society
The following information may also be helpful to you. These materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read online at www.cancer.org.
Americans With Disabilities Act: Information for People Facing Cancer
Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital (also in Spanish)
Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)
Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient (also in Spanish)
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)
Nutrition for the Person with Cancer: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)
We have many other sources of information, including books. If you do not see what you are looking for here, please call us. We are available anytime, day or night, to help you with cancer information and support at 1-800-227-2345, or www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 03/08/2012
Last Revised: 01/25/2013