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Meet with a Financial
Counselor

Cancer care can be costly, but money is the last thing you
want to worry about when you're trying to get better. Reduce
some of that financial stress by meeting with a financial
counselor (or nurse navigator or social worker who can fill
the role) at your hospital before beginning your treatment.
"We can help you work with your doctor's office to review
your insurance coverage and go over likely costs, which
can give you an idea of what you can expect to pay over the
course of your treatment," Marais says. "We can also help
you find ways to minimize out-of-pocket costs, such as using
generic drugs or participating in clinical trials, and provide
information about financial assistance that may be able
to help you pay for treatment."

Identify Your Support
System

In the weeks and months to come, it may be difficult to keep up with your current responsibilities.
Determining people you can count on now can help
you avoid stress later on.
"This is the time to tell your close friends, neighbors
and family members about your diagnosis and see how
they'd like to help," Wiatrek says. This may include
light housekeeping, meal preparation or grocery shopping. If you have young children, you might need a
babysitter or someone to transport kids to and from
school, sports practices or extracurricular activities.
If you work, it's likely that you will require time
off to attend doctor appointments and recover from
surgery or treatments. "Start by researching the
Family Medical Leave Act laws in your state and then
communicate with your employer about your diagnosis and treatment plans as you feel comfortable,"
Marais says. "Most people are pleasantly surprised by
the care and support they receive from their bosses
and co-workers."

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