Words of Wisdom

Tips to patients who recently received a cancer diagnosis.

CURE asked a group of survivors to offer their tips to patients who recently received a cancer diagnosis. Here are some of their suggestions:

> Bring someone along to take notes at all appointments.

> Learn how to evaluate websites and be wary of blogs.

> Get a second opinion.

> Consider a clinical trial.

> Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

> Stay active.

> Be open to experimental options because new treatments and therapies are coming up all the time.

> Ask for help and accept it when offered.

> Join a support group.

> Get counseling to cope.

> Ask about long-term and late effects.

> Get a treatment plan.