First Steps for the Newly Diagnosed Cancer Survival Toolbox®
First Steps for the Newly Diagnosed refers to the information that needs to be gathered and the decisions that need to be made in the initial days and weeks after you are diagnosed with cancer. In this program, we offer practical guidelines designed to help you take those first steps toward successfully meeting the challenges that a cancer diagnosis can impose.
After listening to this Toolbox program, you will be better prepared to:
Select the members of your cancer care team
Work with your team to gather the information needed to make informed decisions
Decide on an initial treatment plan
Learn what you need to know about your insurance policy (or where to go for help if you are underinsured or uninsured)
Tell people about your diagnosis
Identify and ask for the help and support you’ll need
Teamwork is a helpful booklet published by NCCS that aims to help cancer survivors better communicate with their physicians. Developed by cancer survivors and health care professionals, this booklet addresses the need for good communication and provides a list of sound, practical questions that patients can use when talking with their doctor.
www.CancerCare.org | (800) 813-4673
A national organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: including people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones and the bereaved. Programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance, and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers free of charge. Counseling and some materials are available in Spanish.
Cancer Support Community
www.cancersupportcommunity.org | (888) 793-9355
More than 20 centers in the United States provide free support and education to people with cancer and their loved ones. Online services include support groups, a resource library, and a nutrition center.
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. Triage Cancer provides a myriad of online tools and resources, including written educational materials (e.g., Quick Guides, checklists, manuals, etc.), international, national, and state resources, a chart of state laws, and a series of animated videos.
Offers free, personalized websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event.
The Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care is a unique opportunity for patients and survivors to recognize pioneers who are transforming the cancer care system.
The NCCS Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT) is a program for survivors and caregivers to learn about pressing policy issues that affect quality cancer care in order to be engaged as advocates in public policy around the needs of cancer survivors.
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NCCS represents the millions of Americans who share a common experience – the survivorship experience – living with, through and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
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