Being diagnosed with any type of cancer is frightening, and after getting a diagnosis many people are uncertain of what to do next. The good news is that you won’t have to face lymphoma alone. There are many experienced people and good resources to help. Here we share a few suggestions and links to help you start learning about lymphoma so you can take control of your journey.
- Attending a Chapter meeting is a great way to start meeting people who can help.
- It’s important to learn about lymphoma. Your treatment options will depend on the type of lymphoma you have and the stage. You can learn about cancer, the lymphatic system and lymphoma in general at http://www.lymphoma.ca/lymphoma/lymphoma-101. You’ll also find information there on each type of lymphoma and how each one is diagnosed and treated.
- It’s important to keep updated on lymphoma treatments. Potential new treatments are being developed all the time. Read the online resources suggested through lymphoma.ca and attend the education sessions organized by your Connection group. The more you know, the more control you will have over your situation.
- As you’re learning about lymphoma you’ll also be having conversations with your medical team and tracking a great deal of information about your health and treatment plan. Use Lymphoma Canada’s free Patient Resource booklet to help you keep track of important details during your journey.
- Tell friends and loved ones what you need and how they can help. Whether it’s a conversation, a ride to the hospital, help with groceries, or better yet, going out and having fun, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
The more you reach out for support, the less distressing this experience will be. There are many resources available, including support centres, resource centres, knowledge networks and more. The Chapter, the information at lymphoma.ca, and our resources section are all good starting places for learning about lymphoma, meeting others facing the same challenges, and taking control of your journey.