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Cancer Patients: Diagnosis and Treatment

If your doctor recently told you that you have cancer, you probably have a lot of questions. You want to learn more about the kind of cancer you have and how it’s treated. The big challenge ahead is, “How do I live with cancer, as long and as best I can?” We’ll offer you basic information about these topics and links to reliable sources for more details.

When you have been diagnosed with cancer, you are considered a cancer survivor from that moment throughout the rest of your life.

Surviving cancer has physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial aspects that start with diagnosis and continue through treatment and beyond. It also includes issues related to your ability to go to the doctor and follow-up treatment, side effects of treatment, the risk of getting cancer again, and your quality of life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are a critical part of your experience with cancer.

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Cancer Treatments

What type of cancer treatment is right for you? Get basic information about some of the most common types of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy.

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Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatments can cause many side effects. Learn about some of the most common, like hair loss, neutropenia, lymphedema, and cancer pain.

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Clinical Trials

Have you been invited to join a clinical trial? Watch a short video that explains what a clinical trial is and how to find one.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Many cancer patients find that yoga, acupuncture, vitamins and herbs, and other types of health practices help them. Watch a short video about complementary and alternative medicine. Let your health care team know if you are using any of these medicines.

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Staying Healthy During Cancer Treatment

If you are treated with chemotherapy, you’re more likely to get an infection. Get tips on how to avoid infections, and other ways to stay physically healthy.

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Staying Mentally and Emotionally Healthy During Cancer Treatment

Being told you have cancer is scary. Get tips for coping with cancer mentally and emotionally, and read the story of a three-time cancer survivor.

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Paying for Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment can be very expensive, even if you have health insurance. We offer some helpful tips and links to resources that may be able to help you.

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