Advocating for Yourself
Some would say that, ideally, upon a diagnosis of cancer or other life-threatening illness, a person would be provided a patient advocate. Unfortunately our society is far from using this model. Therefore, NCCS has developed materials, programs and skill-building tools to enable individuals and their supporters to become effective self-advocates. You can think of these as your advocacy tools as you begin your journey of survivorship.
The materials and tools in this section are based on the experiences of many survivors and are intended to help you “become your own best advocate.” Cancer survivorship as defined by NCCS is an ongoing process – one that begins at diagnosis and continues for the balance of your life.
This section is designed to assist you at many points in your cancer experience. You can use it upon diagnosis or refer to it many years later. Select the topic areas that relate to your situation and refer to this section at any time and in any order you choose. Share it with a friend, colleague, family member or health professional to broaden the circle of advocates who can be helpful with your diagnosis of cancer.