top-menu

Living with Cancer

cancer101

The Cancer Survival Tool Box

The Cancer Survival Toolbox is a free, self-learning audio program that has been developed by leading cancer organizations to help people develop important skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness. The program contains a information to navigate a diagnosis and special topics on key issues faced by people with cancer. On this site, you can read or listen to the Toolbox in English and Spanish, or download the files to read or listen later. Chinese transcripts are also available. You can order a free CD version of the program by filling out an online form or calling 877.NCCS.YES.

Living With Cancer

When considering treatment options, so many questions need to be answered. Finding the answers you need can be confusing and time consuming. Now that you have found our website, use our resources to empower and educate yourself. We are here to help you, every step of the way.

Get the facts about your cancer diagnosis

Try to obtain as much basic, useful information as possible about your cancer diagnosis. Consider bringing a family member or friend with you to your first few doctor appointments. Write down your questions and concerns beforehand and bring them with you. Consider asking:

  • What kind of cancer do I have?
  • Where is the cancer?
  • Has it spread?
  • Can my cancer be treated?
  • What is the chance that my cancer can be cured?
  • What other tests or procedures do I need?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • How will the treatment benefit me?
  • What can I expect during treatment?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment?
  • When should I call the doctor?
  • What can I do to prevent my cancer from recurring?
  • How likely are my children or other family members to get cancer?

SURVIVORSHIP

We all celebrate when one is through with their cancer treatment. Today there are millions of people who are cancer survivors. Most survivors felt great support during their treatment from family and professionals, however after treatment returning to a new Normal life requires adjustments. There can be new problems and a new way of looking at life and the world around them.

The new Normal includes physical and emotional changes and they too must be addressed.  Issues like coping with fear of recurrence, setting up a follow-up plan, changes both physical and emotional occur.

Remember you are not alone. Here are some great resources:

http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/ocs/

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/survivorship/

http://www.cancercare.org/tagged/post-treatment_survivorship