You may have just learned that you have cancer. Or you may be in treatment, finishing treatment, or have a friend or family member with cancer. Having cancer changes your life and the lives of those around you. The symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment may cause certain physical changes, but they can also affect the way you feel and how you live. Below are resources to help you cope with the many issues and concerns that occur when you have cancer. This is information for patients, families, and caregivers to help manage common emotional and lifestyle effects of cancer, treatment, and life after treatment.
A healthy diet is important at each step in your cancer journey.
Diet and Nutrition During Cancer Treatment
Heal Well: A Cancer Nutrition Guide
Regular exercise can improve your health and quality of life, however, after treatment, your energy and fitness may be very different. Get workout suggestions from the resources below and talk with a member of your health care team or physical therapist if you have questions or need additional advice on how to get started.
Cancer Transition and Exercise
Psychosocial and mental health support services work to help to address the psychological toll and stress going through cancer can take on an individual. Often depression or anxiety can be a part of the post-treatment experience for many cancer survivors. The resources below serve to help support you and your caregivers to find support groups and learn coping skills to help you transition to living with cancer.
Managing Mental Health After a Cancer Diagnosis
Cancer Support Community-Find a Location
Improving Sexual Intimacy After Cancer
The cost of cancer care may be a concern for many cancer patients, caregivers and their families. If you or a loved one are looking for financial help, below are some resources to support you.
MesotheliomaFund.com offers services for patients dealing with the cost of treatment for mesothelioma cancer. They help patients and families find financial assistance through legal avenues and other programs available.
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC)
CancerCare (800-813-4673) provides limited financial assistance for co-pays, transportation, home care, and child care. It also provides a list of sources for financial assistance and a database of organizations providing financial or practical help.
Cancer Finances offers an online-tool to help guide you through some key topics that may impact your financial situation. Whether you are newly diagnosed, or many years past active treatment, this site can help you navigate finances after cancer.
Family Reach (973-394-1411) is a national organization dedicated to eradicating the financial barriers that accompany a cancer diagnosis, a widespread issue known as Cancer-Related Financial Toxicity (CRFT).
The HealthWellFoundation (800-675-8416) is an independent, non-profit organization that helps patients with a chronic, life-altering disease afford their medications when health insurance is not enough.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's patient financial aid program (800-955-4572) provides limited financial assistance to help defray treatment-related expenses for patients diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma, who have a significant financial need.
The National Foundation for Transplants (800-489-3863) provides fundraising assistance for patients needing transplants, including bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides cancer survivorship materials and resources.
Download the CancerCare Meditation app for simple meditations to reduce stress and help one face life's daily challenges, whether it be cancer, anxiety or other health struggles.
Connect with others in support groups for cancer patients, loved ones and people who have lost a loved one, led by oncology social workers.
View free webinars for people living with cancer and caregivers [provided by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
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