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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

No One Fights Alone: Resources For Oncology Patients

by Carla Hudson

Facing a cancer diagnosis can be frightening, overwhelming, and isolating. You may find yourself struggling to understand your diagnosis, treatment options, and wonder how you will manage financially and emotionally. Open communication and support from your oncologist can help you navigate your treatment plan more effectively. In addition, your oncologist can provide you with resources to support you and the members of your family.

Hospital or Clinic Social Worker

Most hospitals and clinics have an onsite social worker who can help you navigate paperwork and coordinate doctor's visits. They can help you understand your responsibility as a patient and provide you with resources for financial assistance, transportation, and other patient needs. They often also work in conjunction with local or state programs to ensure that you understand all the options available to you.

Patient and Caregiver Support Groups

Nothing is worse than feeling lost and alone. Patient and caregiver support groups can give you and your family (and close friends) a platform to ask questions and vent about your frustrations and fears. Groups that are specific to your type of cancer can give feedback from others who have experienced what you are going through. Caregiver groups can allow your family and friends to work through the emotions they experience, but rarely share with others. 

Assistance Programs

There are a large variety of assistance programs available for cancer patients. Many areas work with other local agencies to provide transportation to and from treatment, help with medical equipment and medications, and may even offer meal and light housekeeping services. There may be programs that help with housing and childcare. If you have to travel for treatments, or are participating in a clinical trial away from home, there are programs that help with travel and lodging costs during your stay. 

Online Support Groups

Online support groups are a great way to stay in touch with other's who are receiving the same treatment as you. They can provide you with answers to questions about treatments, doctors, how to handle things such as medication side effects and fatigue, while allowing you anonymity if you so choose. 

Group Therapy

Most cancer treatment centers, oncology practices, and local hospitals offer group activities that allow you to connect with other cancer patients. Classes may include art therapy, fashion, or makeover courses, dealing with emotions and family stressors, nutrition, finances, and alternative therapies. You may also find related exercise classes that allow you to get moving under the guidance of an experienced trainer. 

Don't isolate yourself or your family after your diagnosis. Speak to your oncologist today about the services and resources that are available to you.