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Ask if your hospital or treatment
facility offers cancer support groups,
workshops or trained support staff,
such as oncology social workers and
oncology nurse navigators, to help
you during your cancer journey.
"A nurse navigator is a registered
nurse who has been specially trained
in cancer care and can be an invaluable resource," Marais says. "We can
help you schedule appointments,
coordinate care between your providers, remove barriers to care and
provide education and emotional
support to you and your family."
In addition, check with local
organizations such as the American
Cancer Society, which may offer free
or low-cost programs and services in
your area to support you before, during and after your treatment. "These
may include free rides to treatment,
free and reduced lodging for patients
who travel for treatment, free or discounted wigs or breast prostheses,
and peer support from other cancer
survivors," Wiatrek says.

9 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR
You've just received a cancer diagnosis. While it might be tempting
to spend hours on the internet researching, resist the urge-at least
for now, says Dawn Wiatrek, PhD, a psychologist and a spokeswoman
for the American Cancer Society. "The best source of information
about your cancer and individual situation is your doctor," she says.
"Instead, schedule your next appointment and focus your energy on
writing down questions to ask during your visit."
Here are a few to get you started:
1. What stage is my cancer, and what exactly does that mean?
2. What are my treatment options, and what do you recommend?
3. What is the goal of my treatment?
4. What are the side effects of this treatment, and what should I
report right away?

5. Do I need to get any immunizations or dental treatment before
I begin?
6. What do you think are my chances of survival?
7. Are there any clinical trials available that could benefit me?
8. How much experience do you personally have treating my type
of cancer?
9. How should I go about seeking a second opinion?
Bring these questions-and any others you think of-to your next
visit, then write down your provider's answers, so you can review or
research them later.
"Don't be afraid to ask your doctor to explain something if you
don't understand," Wiatrek says. "That's what they're there for."

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