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Steps to Learn about a Cancer Diagnosis, Research and Treatments

People diagnosed with cancer benefit from learning about their disease. Settling into their new health challenge, cancer patients and caregivers become empowered by educating themselves about three major topics: cancer diagnosis, cancer research, and cancer treatments.

Where are some important resources where cancer patients and caregivers find information? As a to learn about a cancer diagnosis, use resources for basic cancer information about the diagnosis.

1. Learn about a cancer diagnosis through the National Cancer Institute, American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Cancer.Net, and National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. Find more information about these and other cancer resources in our Top Cancer Resources section.

2. Contact non-profit organizations specializing in the cancer type and cancer diagnosis. Visit each organization’s website and call them requesting their educational materials with other services, including phone consultations if available. Find cancer specific non-profit organizations in our Top Cancer Resources section.

3. Look into other helpful, informative cancer organizations with basic cancer information in Top Cancer Resources, Conventional Cancer Treatments and Related Resources, Step 2.
Focus on collecting this information to learn about the cancer. Order educational materials sent by mail. Print articles and reports from different websites. Create folders and binders. Organize knowledge. Use a notebook too with notes, questions, and even conversations. Consider a voice recorder during some consultations. Apply a computer as well.

As a second step to learn about cancer research and treatments, many resources online help people look into published cancer research studies for their condition and even innovative cancer treatments.

4. Explore high quality research regarding a cancer diagnosis and potential cancer treatments. The goal is to find the best possible care. In our Locating Relevant Cancer Research, our educational information helps with researching cancer treatments. This includes how to use PubMed as well as other reliable sources to find published cancer studies and many other types of scientific cancer information, including clinical trials.

5. Research American Society of Clinical Oncology’s conferences and meetings that list some cutting-edge results about conventional cancer treatments.
Cancer research can feel overwhelming. But high quality cancer education and decision-making help people improve their cancer outcomes. Remember to explore these basic steps to learn about a cancer diagnosis, cancer research, and cancer treatments.

Learning about cancer, people also benefit from other forms of support related to their cancer type and therapies. Another option involves Integrative Guides working as trained professionals that provide supportive guidance and resources to cancer patients and caregivers. Services may include researching, helping with evaluating options, identifying providers, assisting in decision-making, other planning, and support.

Along with researching conventional cancer treatments, many cancer patients benefit from whole person, holistic cancer care. Studies indicate that integrative cancer care improves quality of life and survival. Learn about creating an integrative cancer care plan through Maps to Integrative Cancer Care and some help from Integrative Providers & Clinics.

Other forms of cancer information can be found through our Resources topics. EmbodiWorks provides essential information to educate and empower people through cancer. Tell us what you think and need.