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Finding out you have cancer can cause a flood of emotions. You may feel angry, sad, or powerless. Emotions can be overwhelming to you and your loved ones. This time in your life may feel dark and hopeless.
However, many people survive and even thrive with cancer. Some types of cancer can be treated and cured. There are many treatments to control pain and improve your quality of life. Even if you cannot be cured, you do not have to suffer.
It is important to know that it is normal to have all of these emotions, or none of them. Everyone reacts differently. And your feelings may change often, without warning. It is common to go through any or all of these feelings:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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