- 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
Who gets cancer?
More than 1.6 million people in the United States get cancer each year. Nearly half of all men and a little more than one-third of all women in the United States will have cancer during their lifetimes. Cancer can happen at any age; but more than 3 out of every 4 cancers occur in people over the age of 55. People of all racial and ethnic groups can get cancer. Today, nearly 14 million people are living with cancer or have survived the disease.
Last Medical Review: 03/08/2012
Last Revised: 01/25/2013