Newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families have a lot of questions, making it critical to quickly identify reliable resources for emotional, physical and financial support. The first place patients tend to head is to their computers, which can have both positive and negative impact, depending upon the type of information they discover. Though surfing the web can be perilous, there is a lot to be said for a little anonymous comfort-seeking and the ability to immediately connect to patients in all stages of the disease.
Most of the prominent cancer organizations have online communities and can quickly put patients on a path of positivity and productivity by addressing the most pressing concerns such as finding the right doctor, making sense of the statistics, what to expect from surgery and chemotherapy, where to find a local support group, and how to stay healthy while undergoing treatment.
Still others focus on the practical aspects of handing a cancer diagnosis: how to pay for treatment, how to navigate health insurance red tape, where to go for free services to help minimize costs, understanding legal matters, and short- and longterm financial planning.
All of this information is essential for patients and their families, which is why the team at Life Credit devotes several hours each week to researching and familiarizing themselves with both the benefits and deficits of relying on cancer support organizations during this scary and uncertain time.
In an effort to help our clients find the resources that best match their needs, the Life Credit blog is kicking off a series of posts evaluating several national cancer organizations. Additionally, in honor of National Cancer Survivors Month we will highlight patient survival stories. Even though we help families plan for the worst, we spend most of our time hoping for the best.
Our series kicks off on Sunday, June 7, which is National Cancer Survivors Day, so please check back. Educating and inspiring is what we enjoy doing most.