Support & Resources

Overview

Cancer can be more than a physical disease. After a diagnosis, you and your loved ones will face emotional, financial, spiritual and physical challenges. For this reason, seeking current, reliable information about all of the various ways a diagnosis will impact your life is an important step in your journey. For many, seeking out survivor stories that lessen the isolation that a diagnosis can bring relief; for others, finding resources to help with financial stress, emotional upset, and practical planning can help ease the burden. In all cases, taking advantage of all of the many resources for information and support will help you face your journey as an empowered, proactive participant in the experience. Remember to discuss your concerns—whether it is with a friend, family member, or spiritual advisor; and, if you’re a caregiver, be aware that there are many resources available to you as well. The following links provide practical information and emotional support for those facing a diagnosis of cancer.

Survivor Stories

Here, women and men who are living with cancer or have completed treatment and are cancer-free share their stories of survival, from initial diagnosis and treatment to recovery and the ways that cancer has transformed their lives.

Caregivers

Caregivers are individuals who provide care to chronically ill or disabled family members or friends. Learn more about the critical role that caregivers play.

Hints for Patients and Friends

Managing a cancer diagnosis and the treatment that follows can be overwhelming. But there are steps that patients and caregivers and friends can take to alleviate some of the stress of the situation. Here we list practical, proactive measures that can make all the difference.

Talking with Your Children about Cancer

If you’re a parent with cancer, what do you tell your children? Cancer survivors share their stories.

Home Health Care

At some point during a cancer journey, patients might consider receiving medical care in their own homes as part of their recovery or treatment plan. The following information will help patients and caregivers know what to expect if they choose home health care.

Financial Issues

Informing yourself about options and resources for confronting the financial challenges that cancer presents is no less important than studying disease characteristics and treatment options. An understanding of the various ways to ease the burden of medical bills can be a critical step in alleviating stress and allowing you to remain focused on your care and well-being or that of your loved one.

Advanced Directives

Severe illness or an accident could result in an inability to communicate or to make choices. Thinking ahead and making choices about advanced directives, living wills, and other planning related to your health will help your loved ones and ease your mind.

Life After Treatment

Completing treatment for cancer is an accomplishment. You may feel a great sense of relief as some of the anxiety and discomfort subside and the inconvenience is over. After thinking about cancer every waking moment during treatment, you need to resolve a few issues as you begin to recover physically and move on with your life.

Links to Online Resources

The Patient Resource Center is an independent and comprehensive source of cancer treatment information provided exclusively for patients and their families.

  • General Advocacy & Support Groups

  • There are many online and in-person support and advocacy groups serving cancer patients and their loved ones today. Visit this listing to see which groups are most appropriate for your situation.

  • Financial / Travel Assistance

  • The various costs of travel, medication, and other expenses related to a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Here we provide a listing of organizations that provide relief to patients and families facing financial stress.

  • Clinical Trials

  • Clinical trials can provide critical opportunities for research, and many patients benefit from participating in these studies. Follow the links provided here to learn more about this important topic.

  • Disease Specific Sites

  • The information provided through these links provides an independent and comprehensive source of cancer treatment information about various cancer types developed specifically for patients and their families

  • Cancer Journals

  • Cancer journals are a valuable resource for patients and caregivers, providing current articles and abstracts about relevant treatment options and other issues related to a cancer diagnosis.

  • Professional Societies

  • Professional societies related to oncology can be another helpful resource for patients and caregivers.

  • Complementary Therapy

  • The links provided here will direct patients to reliable, current information about complementary therapies.

  • Supportive Care

  • Finding the right tools to manage the side effects of cancer treatment can make all the difference. Follow these links for more information about supportive care.

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