Navigating Cancer

You are not alone in this journey. Review the path below to better understand your options.

It's never easy, but there is a way through it. Cancer Care Services helped me see that path.

Winnie Moore, Survivor

  • Finding Out
  • Preparing
  • Medical & Financial Planning
  • Getting Through Treatment
  • Surviving

Case Management

A cancer diagnosis is life-changing. Fear and emotion run high, and life seems to stop and speed up all at the same time. You and your family are NOT alone on this journey.

Cancer Care Services is here to help you. We have ten licensed social workers to help you navigate through your continuum of care, from diagnosis to survivorship.

 

Managing Emotions

Crisis Intervention:

  • How am I going to pay my bills?
  • How do I tell my family?
  • How do I tell my employer?
  • How do I deal with my emotions?
  • What do I do now?

Your social worker will help you with any issues that you are experiencing. We are here to help! You are NOT ALONE!

The Cancer Diagnosis:

Now what? After your cancer diagnosis, you may feel anxious, afraid or overwhelmed and wonder how you can cope during the days ahead.

Get the facts about your cancer. Try to obtain as much basic, useful information about your cancer diagnosis in order to make decisions about your care. Write down your questions and concerns beforehand and bring them with you.

Consider asking:

  • What kind of cancer do I have?
  • Where is the cancer?
  • Has it spread?
  • What other tests or procedures do I need?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • How will the treatment benefit me?
  • What can I expect during treatment?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment?
  • How will treatment impact my daily activities
  • When should I call the doctor?
  • How likely are my children or other family members to get cancer?
  • How much do I really want to know about my cancer?
  • Do I want to know everything or do I just want to know the basics and leave the rest up to the doctors?

 

It is best to bring a friend or family member with you to your doctor’s appointments to help you remember and digest what you hear. Prepare yourself now so that you’ll be better able to cope later.

Contact a Cancer Care Services social worker to help you through this emotionally and physically challenging experience.

Medical Planning

Dealing with financial issues can significantly add to the stress of a cancer diagnosis. Regardless of income, everyone should consider the potential financial impact of a cancer diagnosis.

 

To speak with a social worker please call: 817-921-0653

Financial Planning

A cancer diagnosis requires a financial action plan as well as a medical one. Cancer Care Services offers financial assistance on a sliding scale that is based on household size and income for clients who live in Tarrant, Hood and Parker counties.

Click here for more information on our assistance programs

Take Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself after a cancer diagnosis may be the most important task of all — and the most overlooked.

  1. Rule Number 1: Your treatment comes first.
  2. Try to keep life “as normal as possible”. You are more than a cancer patient, you’re who you were before your cancer diagnosis.
  3. Stay positive. Express your feelings.
  4. Learn to rely on others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  5. Fatigue is common during chemotherapy.
  • Don’t try to do everything at once or by yourself
  • Adjust your work schedule
  • Take short naps if you need to
  • Ask your doctor about the best foods to eat
  • Ask your doctor about an exercise regimen (Cancer Care Services offers yoga on Wednesday Evenings)
  •  Drink plenty of water
  • Plan your eating around your chemo.

 

FREE counseling and support is available:

  • Counseling for individuals and couples
  • Nutritional support
  • Mentoring from a cancer survivor
  • Spiritual support (Mind Body & Spirit Connection Program and Bible study)
  • Spanish support group
  • Knitting group
  • Yoga and reflexology
  • Programs for caregivers, including children

Managing your emotions

Treatment is over! You have longed for this day. You are now a “Cancer Survivor.”

You will see your medical team less often. You are ready to return to a more normal life, but this can also be an unsettling time. This is why Cancer Care Services offers ongoing programs and support for you after treatment! Recovering from cancer treatment isn’t just about your body, it’s also about healing your mind and spirit. Take the time to understand your emotions and physical changes.

  • Take care of your body by keeping yourself healthy and fit.
  • Go to all of your appointments and ask questions.
  • Get all of your follow up tests. Discuss plans for follow-up and monitoring your cancer.
  • Be open about any fears that you might have. Journaling is a great way to express all your feelings.
  • Keep yourself busy. Do thing which relieve stress and inspire joy.

 

Life After Cancer

FREE programs for survivors:

  • Yoga and reflexology
  • Survivor support group
  • Spanish support group
  • Knitting group
  • Social activities
  • National Cancer Survivors Day

For details call: 817-921-0653

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