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O Is for Organize Your Life

by Richard C. Frank, MD

The ultimate goal is for you to have your life so organized that you can deal with cancer treatment almost on autopilot. Once you have taken control of your life as a cancer survivor, you will likely never return to taking each day and the gift of life for granted.

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Your Cancer Survival Kit

by Amie J. Harris, MSW, LCSW, CT, AMP, and Maria A. Caruso, MS, LPC, CT, NCC

A cancer diagnosis often comes without warning. Symptoms can disguise themselves as everyday illnesses, like a cold, and are self-treated or ignored. Suddenly you are rushing to the doctor, having tests done, and being given probably the most devastating news you have ever heard – that you have cancer. It’s during this traumatic time that listening to all the information is critical. It’s during this initial information-gathering phase that tools to aid in decision-making should be assembled. You need a cancer survival kit.

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Cancer and Your Career

by Ruth Oratz, MD, FACP

Once a cancer diagnosis is made, normal life is upended. Daily routines are immediately interrupted as the urgency of dealing with cancer rises to first priority. Medical consultations and diagnostic tests must be scheduled. Processing information about prognosis, treatment decisions, and side effects are the first steps in getting organized. However, in the midst of all of this scheduling, testing, and planning, it is essential to recognize the emotional and psychological impact of cancer on your personal and family life, your relationships, and your career.

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Congratulations on Finishing Your Cancer Treatment!

The end of cancer treatment is often a time to rejoice. You are probably relieved to be finished with the demands of treatment and are ready to put the experience behind you. Yet at the same time, you may feel sad and worried. It’s common to be concerned about whether the cancer will come back and what you should do after treatment.

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Signposts of the Cancer Journey

by Alan S. Wolkenstein, MSW, LCSW, and M. Evan Wolkenstein, MA

The term survivor is used to describe a person who has lived through a brush with death. “Cancer survivors are those individuals with cancer of any type, current or past, who are still living. From the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life, a person diagnosed with cancer is a survivor,” according to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

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I Have Cancer

by Kris Carr

Take a deep breath, get grounded, and center yourself. Like Alice in Cancerland, you?re falling down a dark and creepy rabbit hole. Doctors are spewing lots of information, most of which probably goes in one ear and out the other. Why? Because when you?re newly diagnosed with cancer, this is what you hear: “Blah, blah, CANCER, blah, blah, YOU ARE GOING TO DIE, blah, blah, CANCER.”

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Approaching the End of Active Treatment

by Lidia Schapira, MD

The end of “active” cancer treatment is often a time when feelings of relief collide with worry. Many cancer survivors express their joy at having finished a physically tedious or even grueling time in their lives and yet also feel frightened about being “on their own.”

Read More for Control

by Michele R. Lucas, LICSW

You have been diagnosed with cancer. You feel helpless and confused. Where to start? What to do? The S.E.A.R.C.H. model for living is your prescription for regaining control. It will help keep you focused and feeling empowered.

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