Important decisions are always hard to make, particularly when they concern your health. However, there are a number of things you can do to make decisions about cancer treatment easier.
- Talk with your doctor. There are a number of treatments that may be used to treat different types of cancer.
- Gather additional information. Many articles and books have been written about specific cancers for patients and professionals. Check your local library or simply do a search on the Internet, using such reliable sources as the American Cancer Society.
- Call the Cancer Information Service (CIS). This program, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is available to answer questions about cancer from the public, cancer patients and their families, and health professionals. Call this toll-free number and you will automatically be connected to the CIS office serving your area: 1-800-4-CANCER. Spanish-speaking CIS staff members are also available.
- Visit the Hughes Cancer Center and take advantage of the National Cancer Institute computer database provided in the waiting area. The database contains thousands of pages of up-to-the-minute information on every type of cancer and includes statistics, medications, side effects, treatment and other information such as where to find support, how to cope with treatment, exercise, proper nutrition and much more. Many of your questions can be answered through the use of this comprehensive resource.
This easy-to-use computer features touchscreen technology and is located in a private area in the Hughes Cancer Center waiting area, shielded from other patients, and connected to a local printer. You are welcome to take some time to research your type of cancer (or that of a loved one) and even print information to review later if you like.