Standing Up for Your Rights

Cancer Survival Toolbox®

Standing up for your rights toolboxStanding Up for Your Rights means learning to actively do something in your own best interest. This is also known as self-advocacy.

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

  • Feel more in control about your life
  • Build confidence to face challenges that seem too difficult to overcome
  • Reach out to others, such as asking to talk to someone who is in a situation similar to yours
  • Feel hopeful rather than hopeless and helpless

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  1. Introduction
  2. Self-Advocacy
  3. Advocacy Skills
  4. Getting a Second Opinion
  5. Dealing With Family Issues
  6. Conclusion

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Additional Resources

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.

Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC)

CLRC Website  |  (800) 843-2572
The CLRC provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line. The CLRC is a program of the Disability Rights Legal Center, which promotes the rights of people with disabilities, and the public interest in and awareness of those rights, by providing legal and related services.

Patient Advocate Foundation  |  (800) 532-5274
The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national organization that provides free mediation and arbitration services, direct financial assistance, and has case workers on staff who are trained to help patients navigate a large variety of issues.

National Cancer Legal Services Network (NCLSN)
The NCLSN provides a national directory of organizations that offer free legal assistance for people and families affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Self-AdvocacySelf-Advocacy: A Cancer Survivor’s Handbook

NCCS believes that cancer becomes a much lesser foe when faced by informed and knowledgeable health care consumers who know how to communicate their needs to those who can be helpful to them as they experience cancer. This booklet focuses on self-training steps and tools to assist and empower individuals dealing with cancer.
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