First Steps for the Newly Diagnosed

Cancer Survival Toolbox®

First Steps for the Newly DiagnosedFirst Steps for the Newly Diagnosed refers to the information that needs to be gathered and the decisions that need to be made in the initial days and weeks after you are diagnosed with cancer. In this program, we offer practical guidelines designed to help you take those first steps toward successfully meeting the challenges that a cancer diagnosis can impose.

After listening to this Toolbox program, you will be better prepared to:

  • Select the members of your cancer care team
  • Work with your team to gather the information needed to make informed decisions
  • Decide on an initial treatment plan
  • Learn what you need to know about your insurance policy (or where to go for help if you are underinsured or uninsured)
  • Tell people about your diagnosis
  • Identify and ask for the help and support you’ll need

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Additional Resources

Take ChargeTake Charge of Your Cancer Care

NCCS has made two simple tools to help patients on their journey: The Know Yourself Worksheet and Essential Questions to Ask Your Doctor. These tools encourage communication between patients and doctors and help patients better prepare for their appointments.
Order the Take Charge Toolkit for free in our store »

TeamworkTeamwork: The Cancer Patient’s Guide to Talking With Your Doctor

Teamwork is a helpful booklet published by NCCS that aims to help cancer survivors better communicate with their physicians. Developed by cancer survivors and health care professionals, this booklet addresses the need for good communication and provides a list of sound, practical questions that patients can use when talking with their doctor.
Download the PDF »
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American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)  |  (888) 651-3038
ASCO offers educational information, guidance, and support to people who are affected by cancer.

CancerCare  |  (800) 813-4673
A national organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: including people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones and the bereaved. Programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance, and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers free of charge. Counseling and some materials are available in Spanish.

Cancer Support Community  |  (888) 793-9355
More than 20 centers in the United States provide free support and education to people with cancer and their loved ones. Online services include support groups, a resource library, and a nutrition center.

Triage Cancer
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. Triage Cancer provides a myriad of online tools and resources, including written educational materials (e.g., Quick Guides, checklists, manuals, etc.), international, national, and state resources, a chart of state laws, and a series of animated videos.

Offers free, personalized websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event.

Find more helpful resources in the searchable NCCS Resource Guide »

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