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Understanding Your Cancer Diagnosis

After learning about a cancer diagnosis, many patients soon realize that all aspects of their lives can be impacted. Family, work, finances, social outlets, self-image, and sexuality are some of the most essential components of who we are. Cancer affects everything about how we see ourselves today and in the future.

Understanding your cancer diagnosis helps to prepare for today’s treatment and tomorrow’s outcome. Whether your diagnosis is simple or complex, you can be prepared to think about and discuss your diagnosis with your physicians, family, and friends.

Ask questions and take notes during your appointments. Talk with your doctor about goals for your treatment and discuss expectations for treatment results. Learning about your diagnosis will help you make informed decisions about your cancer, your treatment, and your life beyond cancer.