Other Cancer

Living with Cancer

Living with a cancer is not easy. People living with cancer and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Having helpful information and support services can make it easier to cope with these problems.

Friends and relatives can be very supportive. Also, it helps many cancer patients to discuss their concerns with others who are living with cancer. Patients and their loved ones often get together in cancer support groups, where they can share what they have learned about coping with their disease and the effects of their treatment. It is important to keep in mind, however, that each person is different. Treatments and ways of dealing with cancer that work for one person may not be right for another -- even if they both have the same kind of cancer. It is always a good idea to discuss the advice of friends and family members with the doctor.

People living with cancer may worry about caring for their families, keeping their jobs, or continuing daily activities. Concerns about tests, treatments, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to people who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest resources for help with rehabilitation, emotional support, financial aid, transportation, or home care.

If you are looking for support, knowledge and hope for the future as you continue living with cancer, please take the time to explore our site and use our resources that may provide you with the knowledge and strength you need throughout your journey.

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