Finding out that you have cancer is likely to be one of the most difficult moments of your entire life. However, it is important to realize that you are not alone, and that there are valuable resources available to you to help you cope with the changes in your life that this diagnosis will bring. Here are some steps you should take after receiving your cancer diagnosis.
Educate yourself. It’s important that you learn as much as possible about the type of cancer that you have. Understanding the nature of your cancer will help you make decisions about what type of treatments are best, and will also help you understand what your physicians are telling you. Learning to read lab reports is also important for understanding the progress of your cancer. You should also take advantage of online resources such as those provided by the American Cancer Society.
Find the right physician. In choosing a physician to treat your cancer, there are a number of important factors you should keep in mind. Look for a multidisciplinary center that can provide you with all the treatments you will need, including diagnostic imaging, chemotherapy, pain management, and hospice care.
Look for outside support. It’s essential that you are able to speak candidly about what you are feeling. While your family and friends may provide you with support, it may also help you to talk to other people who are coping with the same condition. Your hospital may be able to provide you with a list of cancer support groups in your region.
The cancer program at Largo Medical Center has been widely recognized for providing exceptional treatment. We have been accredited by the Committee on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons for every year since 1981. We provide a comprehensive range of services for cancer patients and their loved ones, including social services and support groups. To learn more, call (727) 470-6826.