Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

What questions should I ask my doctor?
The American Cancer Society offers helpful worksheets to take with you to your appointment:
www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/treatmentdecisiontoolsandworksheets/questionstoaskyourdoctor/index

My doctor has given me two different treatment options. How do I choose?
ACS has cancer treatment decision tools and resources to help:
www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/treatmentdecisiontoolsandworksheets/index

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

What happens if I’ve lost my job because I have been diagnosed with cancer?
You may find helpful information in these articles below:

Working During Cancer Treatment
Managing Your Life During Treatment, Employment Issues
Cancer & Careers Resource Database

Can I get compensation when caring for a parent?
You may find helpful information on Consumer Reports

Is there free counseling available?
You may want to contact any of the following organizations for counseling supports:
ACS 
CancerCare
National Alliance for Mental Health

These services are also often offered by local congregations and hospitals.

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.

Where can I get advice regarding care for an ostomy? Visit United Ostomy Associations of America

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 the American Cancer Society, Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital

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.
For those receiving treatment in the Colorado area.

Do you have information regarding clinical trials?
Information on bladder cancer trials click here.
Information on kidney cancer trials click here.
Information on prostate cancer trials click here.

Cancer Support Resources

How will I pay my bills while I go through treatment?

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