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:
Referrals to patient-related programs or resources
Donations, website, or event-related assistance
For medical questions, we encourage you to review our information with your doctor.
It is important for you to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how trivial you might think they are. Here are some questions to consider:
What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean?
What treatments are appropriate for me? What do you recommend? Why?
What should I do to be ready for treatment?
What risks or side effects should I expect?
Can anything be done to minimize my risks?
Will I be able to have children after my treatment?
Will I be able to enjoy normal sexual relations?
What are the chances my cancer will recur (come back) with the treatments we have discussed?
Should I follow a special diet?
What is my expected prognosis, based on my cancer as you view it?
What do I tell my children, husband, parents, and other family members?
In addition to these sample questions, be sure to write down some questions of your own. For instance, you might want specific information about anticipated recovery times so that you can plan your work schedule. Or you may want to ask about second opinions or about clinical trials for which you may qualify.
Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, may have the answers to some of your questions. You can find more information about communicating with your health care team in The Doctor-Patient Relationship.