After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families

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What is cancer?

After Diagnosis: A Guidefor 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?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • Will I have to stay in a hospital?
  • How much will it cost?

Having some answers can help you feel more in control and less worried about what lies ahead.

Here, we offer answers to many of your 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 feel more prepared for visits with your health care team, we offer examples of questions you may want to ask them. 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 information 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.


Last Medical Review: 03/06/2014
Last Revised: 04/07/2014