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Support and financial resource guide
A cancer diagnosis can cause emotional and physical stress. It can also cause a severe financial strain on the survivor and the family. Below is a downloadable list of helpful organizations and programs for individuals and families having financial difficulties. Many communities also have local resources, such as churches and civic organizations like the United Way, that should be investigated.
Your cancer center may also have a social worker on staff who will be able to help you find more local resources.
African Americans and Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in black men and women. African Americans are also diagnosed with CRC and young-onset CRC more often than members of other communities in the US. Colorectal cancer can be prevented through screening and is treatable when caught early. Generally, African Americans are at higher risk for cancer than other racial or ethnic groups in the US. More than one in three will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
Are you newly diagnosed and looking for information? Our Colorectal Cancer Resource Guide helps patients navigate through a new diagnosis and tells you what to expect physically and emotionally. Hear from other patients, doctors, survivors, nurses and social workers to get the information you need to know.
Chapter 1: Just Diagnosed
Defines colorectal cancer and talks about what to expect after a cancer diagnosis. This chapter also will provide a guide on how to utilize the internet, how family history and Lynch Syndrome affects your loved ones.
Chapter 2: Becoming your own Advocate
Discusses building your healthcare team, ensuring you and your healthcare team communicate effectively, asking questions and keeping a journal of what the doctors say, bringing someone to your doctor’s appoint and reaching out to others.
Chapter 3: Treatments
Talks about treatment options, the four stages of colorectal cancer and the treatment for each, as well as clinical trials.
Chapter 4: Managing Side Effects and Recurrence
Explains how to manage side effects after surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, coping after surgery, and pain management.
Chapter 5: Quality of Life and The Caregiver
Discusses the emotional impact on you and your loved ones, as well as the effect on your children and your spiritual life. Also touches on how to handle relationships and the impact cancer will have on your sex life. Lastly, this chapter reinforces how both the patient and caregiver need to take care of themselves.
Chapter 6: The Other Side of Cancer and Inspirational Messages
Addresses the pragmatic topics of how to manage your career and finances and the importance of reaching out to colorectal cancer organizations. Finally, chapter six provides inspirational messages from others with a direct connection to this disease.
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