My treatment has ended. Why am I struggling now?
There is often a time of adjustment after treatment; this is common among cancer survivors. CanCare volunteers offer support to survivors even up to one year after treatment is completed. Please call our office or submit a request online to be connected with a volunteer.
Question: How can I support my friend who has been diagnosed with cancer?
Question: What kind of foods should I eat/avoid?
It is a good idea to request a referral for an oncology nutritionist from your oncologist.
The American Institute for Cancer Research and the Livestrong Foundation have published a guide that may be helpful. You can find it at www.aicr.org/assets/docs/pdf/education/heal-well-guide.pdf.
Question: What questions should I ask my doctor?
The American Cancer Society offers helpful worksheets to take with you to your appointment:
Question: My doctor has given me two different treatment options. How do I choose?
ACS has cancer treatment decision tools and resources to help:
Question: What do I do if I need transportation to my treatments, help cleaning my house, or I need a wig/prosthesis/ostomy supplies/etc.?
See Resource Guide, pages 11 for prosthetics, etc. and 12 for transportation
Question: What happens if I’ve lost my job because I have been diagnosed with cancer?
You may find helpful information here:
Question: Is there free counseling available?
You may want to contact any of the following organizations for counseling supports:
ACS at www.cancer.org
CancerCare at www.cancercare.org
National Alliance for Mental Health at www.nami.org/Find-Support
These services are also often offered by local congregations and hospitals.
Question: Where can I find a support group?
The American Cancer Society has information on cancer support groups all over the nation.
You can contact them at 800-227-2345.
Question: Where can I get advice regarding care for an ostomy?
United Ostomy Associations of America, www.ostomy.org
Question: How do I choose an oncologist?
You may want to consider speaking with other cancer survivors at a support group meeting.
ACS has a worksheet called How to Choose a Doctor that may be useful during this process.
You can also go to www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/choosingyourtreatmentteam/choosing-a-doctor-and-a-hospital
Question: Do you have information regarding housing for patients who are receiving treatment away from home?
For those receiving treatment in the Houston area.
For those receiving treatment in the Atlanta area.
Cancer Support Resources
How will I pay my bills while I go through treatment?
Financial Aid Organizations
American Cancer Society
CancerCare Copayment Assistance Foundation
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
Cancer Fund of America
Patient Services, Inc.
Social Security Administration
Prostate Cancer Foundation
After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Breast Cancer Freebies
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Lymphoma Research Foundation
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer Recovery Foundation Women’s Cancer Fund
www.cancerrecovery.org/women-cancer-fund/ or by mail: P. O. Box 1, Hershey, PA 17033
Chronic Disease Fund
Patient Access Network Foundation
RXAssist, Patient Assistant Program Center
Partnership for Prescription Assistance