Once you have found a doctor that you trust and who will help you with your journey, it is good to follow her/his advice as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to discuss options, and ask enough questions so that you understand your or your loved one’s condition.

Build a relationship with your doctor so that you can openly discuss options that may fit your resources and lifestyle, and to find options that you may not previously be aware of. Similarly, joining a support group may help not just in emotional and social support, but also in sharing information and resources that can help make treatment easier or more accessible. Your doctor is the expert on medical knowledge and treatment, but your fellow survivors may also have information that can help you access treatment, relevant to your context.

For instance, some governors or local government units allow patients to hitch a ride on ambulances for free, to help save on transportation costs for check-ups and follow-ups.

It is expected that medical treatment may run up high costs, but always be open that medicine is always evolving, and there may be more possibilities than you initially think.

If your cancer is particularly rare, check with your doctor or search online if there are research groups or medical organizations locally or abroad that may be developing new treatments for your condition. This will open up other avenues of treatment, if needed, and remind you that cancer is not a sentence, but something that can still be treated.

Resource: Sources of medical information on Cancer


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