People may receive news of diagnosis with cancer in very different ways. Some people may be calm about it, while others may be overwhelmed with feelings and it can be difficult to figure out what to do next. Just remember that you are not alone.

Ask your doctor for advice and referrals to patient navigators or organizations who cater to your specific illness. You may ask your doctor, or these organizations, to connect you with older patients who have already gone through what you are experiencing now. They may give you advice in coping with your illness, and also social advice such as how to break the news to family and friends, and how to accept changes that may be coming in your life.

If you live far from the hospital, joining a social media group of people with the same experience may also help in giving you social support and advice.

Remember to involve your loved ones, so that you can share the experience and know that you are not going through this alone.

Resource:
Support groups for specific rare cancers in the Philippines
General cancer support groups:

 

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