Newly Diagnosed? Start here
Take a deep breath. When you first learn that you have cancer, it seems like your life is suddenly out of control. It helps to focus on one step at a time (e.g., the next doctor's appointment) as opposed to thinking about everything that might happen in the months ahead.
In most cases, you have some time to explore your options. You should ask your doctor how long you can safely wait before treatment begins.
Many people visit or call our Resource Center when they're first diagnosed. Here you can talk with staff and trained volunteers who can answer your questions and provide you with the information you're seeking. Many clients say that the Resource Center provided them with a sense of calm and understanding when every other aspect of their life seemed rushed and unsettled.
This brief article provides practical advice based on our experiences: