Gathering Support

Fighting cancer is not a challenge you should face alone. It’s a team effort that involves family, friends, and your TCI care team. Don’t underestimate the strength that can come from having your support network by your side.

Your support network is very important at this stage of your journey—not only emotionally, but practically as well.

More than 75 percent of newly diagnosed patients say that they remember or understand little of what their healthcare team told them at the time of their diagnosis. For this reason, as well as for emotional support, it is very important to have someone with you during your appointments, especially those early on in your treatment. This person should take thorough notes that you can review together after the appointment when the initial shock wears off, and the reality of your diagnosis becomes clearer.