Diagnosis: Cancer

Cycle of Hope

Equip Yourself

Cancer Treatment

Treatment Team

Questions to Ask
Healthy Lifestyles

"I didn't want to go to the doctor and hear bad news, and in the back of my mind, cancer was always a remote possibility. I was scared of that and I didn't want to hear it."
-- Lance Armstrong

For many years, scientists, doctors, nurses, patients, and volunteers have concentrated on the fight against cancer. Modern medicine and advanced technology have made tremendous strides. Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence. It is a variety of illnesses that, in many cases, can be cured or treated so that the person with cancer can lead a relatively normal, productive life.

Why, then, are we struck with disbelief and fear when a cancer diagnosis is made? Because cancer still can be a killer and, even if it's not, the road to recovery from cancer can be difficult.

Any cancer patient will tell you that an important part of recovery is your mental outlook. Fear is a natural, expected reaction. Don't be ashamed of your fears, but don't be paralyzed by them either. Fears can be lessened if you fully understand your family history, medical history, risk factors, and screening and treatment options. But keep in mind that your fears feed into each other--and can lead to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Your grasp of the facts and the impact they will have on your future is the key to overcoming your fears and turning them into hope.