10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

December 12, 2014 10:53 PM

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Rushing all over town. Care for the sick is not all in one place. If you have cancer, expect to make a stop at the oncologist's office, the chemo lounge, the surgery center and at the lab for blood draws. Don't forget that there will be frequent stops at the pharmacy, maybe even the emergency room from time to time, and support groups (if you choose). If you live in a rural area or far away from the medical center in your town, ask your doctor about volunteer drivers. The American Cancer Society keeps a list of people who are willing to help cancer patients get back and forth to their many appointments.

Shots, needles and lines. The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it. A few things...

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