HelpBook: What to Do If Cancer Strikes

Cover of CRI HelpBook for PatientsIf you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you are fortunate to live in the age of modern medicine. Decades of research efforts, including those supported by grants and fellowships from the Cancer Research Institute, have opened the door to a range of treatments that give many cancer patients new hope not only for survival, but also for a healthy, productive future.

However, today’s array of possibilities poses a new dilemma for the cancer patient: With many different procedures and courses of therapy available, how can you be sure that you receive the best treatment?

The Cancer Research Institute has put together an eight-step guide that will help any cancer patient through this dilemma. This guide focuses on helping you or a loved one get the best care possible, and provides addresses, phone numbers, and website URLs you’ll need to take the next step.

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  1. Talk openly with the doctor who tells you your diagnosis.
  2. Get a second opinion.
  3. Inform yourself about your cancer.
  4. Decide carefully on your treatment plan.
  5. Be a smart patient.
  6. Make the most of available support services.
  7. Consider your finances.
  8. Take charge of the future.

Beating cancer, or helping a loved one through the disease, may be the toughest fight of your life. We hope this HelpBook will give you confidence that you and your doctors, working together, can get you the best care that modern medicine has to offer.

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*Immunotherapy results may vary from patient to patient.

Patient education information supported by a charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.