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Open up to your healthcare providers! Ask questions regarding end-of-life options, alternative therapies, and any other questions that may you have. Don't be afraid to seek a second opinion or explore your advanced stage cancer options. It's important that you have open and honest communication with your health team as they are there to support you during this time.
Next: Create a Support System
The encouragement and understanding that support systems provide is incredibly enriching. You can get information about support groups through your healthcare provider, family, friends, hospice provider, church, or your American Cancer Society.
Next: Talk About It
People often go silent when faced with a serious illness, such as advanced stage cancer. Try not to withdrawal from your loved ones and your health care team. They are there to support you through your illness and you should not feel as if you are burdening them. You may also reach out to cancer support groups and hospice care takers for additional guidance during this time.
Next: Care For Yourself
Advanced stage cancer treatment takes up a great deal of time and energy. It is easy to forget to take time for yourself as you get going with treatment and tending to those around you. "Me" time is not something you should feel guilty about. It's okay to take a walk alone, go to yoga, read a book, or participate in an activity or hobby that is special to you.
Next: Life Planning
Dealing with advanced stage cancer is difficult. You will have treatment decisions, family decisions, financial decisions, and many other things that will require your attention. Remember that this is about what is best for you. Take your time to answer the tough questions. Make the choices that you are best for you and your family.
Next: Work With Your Health Team
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