Navigate Your Cancer Journey

We have online resources available to help you at any point on your cancer journey. Select your stage and concern below to get started.

Cancer Basics

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A cancer diagnosis is the beginning of a personal journey for each individual. Everyone has a unique set of beliefs, values and ways of coping. You will find the ways that work best for you.

  • cancer causes
  • cancer myths
  • carcinoma
Facing Your Fears

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Life changes immediately after hearing the words, “You have cancer.” At first, you can't think about anything else. All you feel is shock or numbness. It can be hard to believe.

  • denial
  • Emotions
  • fear
Young Adults With Cancer

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Young adults (teens to age 35) and adolescents have very specific concerns when they are diagnosed with cancer. This is a time when they want to meet others and form close relationships. It's a time

  • body image
  • dating
  • family
Choosing Your Health Care Team

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Choose a health care team that has had success treating the type of cancer you have. A good team will work with you and help you get the best treatment for your type and stage of cancer.

  • benefits
  • health care provider
  • health care team

Communicating With Your Partner6976

A spouse or partner can be a primary source of support to a cancer survivor. However, if communication begins to break down, it can be stressful and result in low levels of support for both.

  • Caregiver
  • communicating with your partner
  • dating
Concerns About Physical Effects of Treatment

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It’s natural to have concerns about physical changes that could happen during and after cancer treatment. Your health care team can help you learn what to expect. They will explain what is likely to

  • acupuncture
  • biofeedback
  • drugs
Considering Clinical Trials

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Clinical trials are scientific studies. They test treatments that are in development. Trials also study other ways of using current treatments. Look into whether a clinical trial could be right for

  • clinical trials
  • medical care
  • medications
Converting Real Property Into Income

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To pay for cancer treatment, you may need to consider borrowing against or selling real property to create income. The laws that cover home loan, sale and rental transactions are complex and change

  • creating income
  • finances
  • practical effects of cancer
Developing Your Support System

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Some people receive a lot of support from loved ones, friends or caregivers. Others go through the cancer journey with little or no help. In either case, you'll have times when you need some extra

  • caringbridge
  • coping
  • finding support

Developing Your Treatment Plan4003

You will work with your health care provider to develop a cancer treatment plan. This is the guide for your cancer care and treatment. Take the time to learn about your type of cancer and the current

  • afftereffects
  • cancer treatment
  • guidelines
Employment Issues

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Cancer and treatment can make it difficult to work. Prepare early for not working for a period of time. Or, there may be ways to change your job duties so you can keep working. Also, consider future

  • benefits
  • disability income
  • discrimination
Federal and State Benefit Programs

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Federal and state benefit programs offer help to meet health care and income needs. These programs can help those who can’t work due to cancer, treatment or aftereffects.

  • federal and state benefits
  • financial help
  • insurance
Female Fertility Preservation

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Some women who go through cancer treatment find that they can't have children afterward. It is important to identify your risk for infertility before treatment starts and take steps to preserve your

  • adoption
  • donor eggs
  • donor embryos
Finding a Counselor

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A counselor provides a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can talk about your concerns. A counselor won’t solve your problems for you. You'll be guided through a process of learning and

  • counseling
  • counseling costs
  • counseling professionals
Finding and Evaluating Cancer Information

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Knowing how to find reliable cancer resources can help you feel more confident and informed. Good information and services can improve your quality of life and support your healing and recovery. If

  • cancer information
  • finding and evaluating resources
  • finding cancer organizations