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My Best Advice

We asked patients, caregivers, and specialists around the Texas Oncology network to gather their best advice for patients and caregivers at diagnosis, during treatment, following treatment, and beyond. Here’s what they had to say:

Try to stay active. Walking and running helped me feel stronger and lifted my spirits.”Molly Brown, Patient and Survivor, Texas Oncology–Bedford
There’s no such thing as a dumb question. Patients should feel free to ask as many questions as it takes to feel comfortable with their treatment.”Anand Shivnani, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Texas Oncology–Sherman
It takes the whole family to recover from an unexpected burden like cancer. Work as a team.”Sandra Ramirez, Financial Counselor, Texas Oncology–Sugar Land
Ask any and all questions. The doctors and the nurses know that cancer treatment is a long process, and they don’t mind answering the same question twice.”Lauren Brandt, Social Worker, Texas Oncology–San Marcos and Texas Oncology–South Austin
Accept that you’re entering a ‘new normal’ during and after treatment, and allow yourself to change.”Jennifer Campos, RN and Nurse Navigator, Texas Breast Specialists–Amarillo
I’d tell other caregivers to be prepared to give their loved one lots of encouraging words. Cancer patients go through lots of changes that cause strong emotions.”Juanita Conteras, Caregiver, Texas Oncology–McAllen