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Our 24/7 cancer helpline provides support for people dealing with cancer. We can connect you with trained cancer information specialists who will answer questions about a cancer diagnosis and provide guidance and a compassionate ear.
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At our National Cancer Information Center trained Cancer Information Specialists can answer questions 24 hours a day, every day of the year to empower you with accurate, up-to-date information to help you make educated health decisions. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with valuable services and resources.
Or ask us how you can get involved and support the fight against cancer. Some of the topics we can assist with include:
For medical questions, we encourage you to review our information with your doctor.
In 2002 my doctor called and said that she wanted me to see a specialist to conduct another mammogram. It may seem strange but all I could think about was my older sister and that if someone had to have breast cancer it was best that it was me. My mother had breast cancer and my aunt died of breast cancer, so we always wondered which of us would get this disease.
My husband and kids were my support system because the rest of the family lived in Ohio. With faith in God, my biggest concern was that my children who were 14 and 11 not worry about me. After several procedures, there was an area that was not clear, so I either needed another procedure or a mastectomy. This would have been a hard decision if my aunt had not lost her battle because she put off having a mastectomy while my mother had a mastectomy at age 43 and is still alive today.
My biggest challenge was a post-surgical infection that almost cost me my life. I could not have gotten through that time without my husband nursing me back to health. He spent countless nights at the emergency room caring for me while working and taking care of our children. He was/is my hero. I have never been one to ask for help, and my church, friends, and co-workers graciously offered support without me asking. Another blessing was my trip to Detroit on the Delta Air Lines Pink Cancer Flight for survivors.
I wish this was the end of my story, but last year I had to have a hysterectomy on December 31, 2014; I had uterine cancer. I was told this June that all tests and x-rays were clear. The cancer had not spread so now I am back to check-ups every three months.
Please, if you feel things are not “right”, or if anyone you know seems to be having problems, go see a doctor. It could save your life or theirs.