Becoming a Self-Advocate

The term advocacy is frequently used to encompass activities carried out in the name of supporting a cause. The dictionary defines advocacy as “active support, as of a cause, idea or policy.”

Advocacy, as NCCS defines it, is a continuum that begins when an individual is diagnosed with cancer. NCCS believes that at this defining moment, an individual with cancer (and/or a significant person in his or her life) must play a very active role in assuring that they receive quality care.

What Is Self-Advocacy and How Does It Apply To Me?
Why is Self-Advocacy Important?
Who Are Cancer Advocates?
What Role Does NCCS Play in Empowering Survivors and Promoting Self-Advocacy?
Self-Advocacy Skills
Defining Terms