Just Diagnosed with Cancer?
Learning you have cancer can turn your life upside down. We can help set things right. As you navigate what’s next, it’s important to take these steps.
Gather Accurate Information
It’s natural to want to do research about cancer, but it can be overwhelming to sort through the noise. That’s why we’ve put together a list of credible sites that provide sound information. View our list of reliable cancer resources.
2. Know Your Options
Make sure you know your exact diagnosis, stage of disease and treatment options. The keyword here is options, and you’ll always have more than one. Here, we equip you with information and explain the risks and benefits so you can make the choice that’s right for you.
3. Seek a Second Opinion
A second opinion can give you peace of mind, especially when you’re dealing with a serious diagnosis. No matter where you start, you have the right to a second opinion from another cancer center. At times, we refer our patients for consultations (for example, to Mayo Clinic where we have strong, established relationships).
4. Ask Questions
If you have questions for your doctor, you deserve answers. You may be worried about treatment costs, about losing your hair, about your ability to work, about the impact on your sex life. No question is too small or too personal. Jot down your questions in a notebook to help keep track and check in with us to put your mind at ease.
5. Get Support
Lean on family and friends and let them help. Bring someone to appointments to help you take notes. And, we’re always here with personal support. Our you-first philosophy is the reason we rank in the top one percent across the nation for patient satisfaction.