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Sharing the News

Should You Tell?

Deciding whether to tell people that you have cancer is a personal decision. You may feel it is essential to disclose your diagnosis, or you may believe privacy is critical.

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Whom to Tell?

If you decide to disclose information about your diagnosis, you need to determine who really needs to know about it. Then, start by speaking with people with whom youre most comfortable.

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When to Tell?

If you have decided to disclose your diagnosis, the best time to tell people if after you and your health care team have determined a course of treatment.

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How to Tell?

Despite all advancements and innovations in cancer treatments, there are still many misconceptions about what people think a cancer diagnosis means.

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What to Tell?

If you have decided to disclose your diagnosis, you want to give some thought to how much people need to know. Remember that how much you share is totally up to you.

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Telling Your Children

Age is an important factor when deciding how much to tell your child or children about your cancer diagnosis.

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Cancer Care Checklists

Be Prepared to Treat Your Cancer

This checklist covers everything from prescription information and treatment options to surgery details and care facilities.

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Men's Cancer Treatment Checklist

While fighting cancer, the most important things you can do to maintain your best possible level of health are getting recommended screenings, being physically active, and eating a healthy diet, among others.

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Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team

Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team About Chemotherapy

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Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team About Radiation Therapy

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Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team About Surgery

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Women's Cancer Treatment Checklist

While fighting cancer, the most important things you can do to maintain your best possible level of health are getting recommended screenings, being physically active, and eating a healthy diet, among others.

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Planning Tools

5 Steps to Improve Your Cancer Care

By asking questions, keeping detailed lists, and taking note of test results, you can take control of your cancer care.

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20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors

Medical errors happen when something that was planned as a part of medical care doesnt work out, or when the wrong plan was used in the first place. They can occur anywhere in the health care system.

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Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Every year in the U.S., more than 70,000 adolescents and young adults between 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer.

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Cancer Staging Guide

If you have cancer, doctors will want to know the extent of its growth. Cancer tagging is a rating by your doctors to the extent of the cancer based on tests.

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Cancer Patient's Guide to Talking with Your Doctor

You need the confidence that comes from a list of sound, practical questions that can be used in teamwork with your doctor. You also need to know that it’s okay to ask questions ans expect answers in terms you can understand.

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Cancer Terms and Dictionary

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network provides a dictionary with cancer terms. Take a look if you need a little help navigating your diagnosis and treatment.

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Check Your Medicines: Tips for Using Medicines Safely

By knowing more about the medications you are prescribed, as well as possible side effects and how to use the medicine correctly, you can ensure that you are properly taking your prescriptions.

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Chemotherapy Explained

Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses drugs to destroy or prevent further growth of cancer cells. It is a systemic treatment, meaning that the drugs flow through the bloodstream to nearly every part of the body.

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Getting a Second Opinion

You may want to talk to another doctor who can look at your test results, speak with you about your personal situation, and give you a different take. Getting a second opinion can help you feel more sure about your diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Preparing for Your Appointment

You may not have a lot of time to speak with your oncologist during an appointment, so it is wise to be prepared. Take a look at a few steps you can take to get ready.

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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop them from spreading.

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Relieving Stress

Over time, the strain of coping with your diagnosis and the realities of treatment may be compounded by other stresses, such as keeping up with work and dealing with family and friends.

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Traveling with Cancer

Throughout your experience with cancer, you may have reason to travel for treatment, work, or for pleasure.

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Understanding Cancer

Cancer occurs when healthy cells live beyond their normal life cycle, do not die, and continue to grow out of control. As these abnormal cells multiply, they destroy normal, healthy cells.

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Using Makeup

Cancer treatments can present extra challenges when it comes to makeup and cosmetics. Special care needs to be taken when choosing and applying cosmetics.

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Your Mindset

Awaiting a diagnosis and hearing the news can be the most emotionally difficult period of the entire cancer experience.

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Palliative Care

Palliative care can begin at any point during care and treatment and is administered to improve the quality of life of patients. It is also called comfort care, supportive care, and symptom management.

Life After Cancer

Exercise for Life

Research indicates that physical exercise decreases the risk of a cancer recurrence and improves survival.

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Life After Cancer Treatment

The end of cancer treatment is often a time to rejoice. You are probably relieved to be finished with the demands of treatment and are ready to put the experience behind you.

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Managing Cancer as a Chronic Condition

Many physicians and practitioners consider patients being treated for some types of cancer as living with a chronic condition.

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Nutrition for Cancer Survivors

With cancer behind you, now is the time to take charge of your health, focus on wellness, and swear off unhealthy habits.

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PearlPoint Survivorship Handbook

The PearlPoint Cancer Support Survivorship Handbook addresses your “new normal,” as well as practical issues for life after cancer.

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Pregnancy After Cancer

It is recommended you wait at least a year after having cancer to get pregnant so that eggs that have been exposed to chemotherapy or radiation are no longer in the body, you are fully recovered, and you have been cleared by your oncologist regarding a recurrence.

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Survivorship Planning

Although you and your doctor may talk about the risk of a cancer recurrence down the road, it is also important to talk about the late effects of treatment that may not become apparent until years later.

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Understanding Your Risk of Developing Secondary Cancers

You may have heard stories of people who have battled one type of cancer only to develop another, different one. Often these new cancers are unrelated to the first and are not metastases.

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