UK cancer charity CLIC Sargent has developed this information booklet called Cancer – Want the Facts? This booklet offers guidance and advice for teenagers and young adults who have just been given a cancer diagnosis. Please note, some information will be targeted at a UK audience.
Hearing you have cancer throws you into a world of “unknowns”. It’s like finding yourself in the middle of a maze with no clue how you’re supposed to find your way back out again. It’s confusing and scary when you don’t know which way to turn. But that’s where we all step in – your loved ones, care and medical professionals and the many organisations dedicated to supporting you. We’ll make sure that you will never be alone through this, and set you on the right path until everything starts making sense again.
The information booklet is broken into the following chapters.
Making sense of it all
This section contains topics like:
- First thoughts
- A bit about CLIC Sargent
- Your feelings
- Taking the next steps
- Getting questions answered
This section has information about:
- Who might be on your treating team
- Staying in hospital
- Essentials to pack for your time in hospital
People in your life
There is no doubt that cancer will affect your relationships. Your bond with some will naturally strengthen, while others may become strained – especially if people start acting differently all of a sudden. Try to remember that the people close to you will probably be deeplyaffected by what’s happening. The bestadvice is to try to talk about it together openly and honestly. This section should give you some good ideas about how to do this.
This chapter has information about how to maintain relationships with people like parents and carers, siblings, friends, partners, and children.
Keeping on top of things
This section of the booklet gives useful information about how to manage the following:
- Your education
- Your work
- Your finances
We’re here for you
The last section offers further information about Useful Organisations and other places to access Cancer Information & Support.
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