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Recently Diagnosed?

At Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, we know receiving a cancer diagnosis is never easy. That’s why we are committed to providing patient-centered care and comprehensive treatment with humankindness. This means we always make sure the human connection comes first, and we always respect your decisions. If you or a loved one is recently diagnosed with cancer, below are tips to help you on your journey.

Build Your Support Team

  • Carefully select where you obtain cancer treatment.
  • Be sure to seek out experts in your specific cancer type.
  • Tell loved ones about your diagnosis.
  • Share with friends and family the ways they can help you cope on this journey.
  • Make a list of all your questions or concerns to share your provider.
  • Collect information from reliable sources to help you make informed decisions.
  • Consider bringing a trusted person with you to your appointments.

Knowledge is Power

  • Familiarize yourself with your cancer type.
  • Talk to a financial counselor about your insurance plan.
  • Investigate treatment options for your specific disease from reliable sources.
  • Find a comprehensive cancer institute that offers leading-edge clinical trials.
  • Contact the American Cancer Society for local support group and other resources.

Ask for Help

  • Speak up! This will be important, especially if something doesn’t feel right or is not working for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your family, friends or other community contacts.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions of your provider.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to a mental health professional or social worker.
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