Thanks, Lillian. -- Kathy in Boise
From: Lillian Jennings [SMTP:Firefly@islc.net]
Sent: Sunday, November 01, 1998 7:58 PM
To: mol cancer
Subject: [MOL] The Year's After ! Part 4 of a 4 part series.
The conclusion of a four part series. Good luck dear friends, lillian
The Years After
Cancer is not something anyone forgets. Anxieties remain as active
treatment ceases and the waiting stage begins. A cold or a cramp may be
cause for panic. As 6-month or annual checkups approach, you swing between
hope and anxiety. As you wait for the mystical 5-year or 10-year point, you
might feel more anxious rather than more secure.
These are feelings we all share. No one expects you to forget that you have
had cancer or that it might recur. Each must seek individual ways of coping
with the underlying insecurity of not knowing the true state of his or her
health. The best prescription seems to lie in a combination of one part
challenging responsibilities that command a full range of skills, a dose of
activities that seek to fill the needs of others, and a generous dash of
frivolity and laughter.
You still might have moments when you feel as if you live perched on the
edge of a cliff. They will sneak up unbidden. But they will be fewer and
farther between if you have filled your mind with thoughts other than
Cancer might rob you of that blissful ignorance that once led you to
believe that tomorrow stretched forever. In exchange, you are granted the
vision to see each today as precious, a gift to be used wisely and richly.
No one can take that away.
Information Services and Resources
You may want more information for yourself, your family and your doctor.
The services explained below will help you obtain what you need.
Cancer Information Service
The National Cancer Institute sponsors a toll-free Cancer Information
Service to help you. By dialing 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), you will
be connected to a Cancer Information Service office, where a trained staff
member can answer your questions and listen to your concerns.
Spanish-speaking CIS staff are also available.
The National Cancer Institute has developed PDQ, a computerized database
designed to give doctors quick and easy access to:
*The latest treatment information for most types of cancer.
*Descriptions of clinical trials that are open for patient entry.
*Names of organizations and physicians involved in cancer care.
To get access to PDQ, a doctor can use an office computer with a telephone
hookup and a PDQ access code or the services of a medical library with
online searching capability. Cancer Information Service offices
(1-800-4-CANCER) provide free PDQ searches and can tell doctors how to get
regular access to the database. Patients may ask their doctor to use PDQ or
may call 1-800-4-CANCER themselves. Information specialists at this
toll-free number use a variety of sources, including PDQ, to answer
questions about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
For additional written resources about cancer, information about particular
forms of the disease, its treatment, and possible side effects, and
nutritional information and recipes for the cancer patient, ask the Cancer
Information Service to send you information or write:
Office of Cancer Communications
National Cancer Institute
Building 31, Room 10A24
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
American Cancer Society (ACS)
1599 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329
The American Cancer Society is a voluntary organization with a national
office (at the above address) and local units all over the country. It
supports research, conducts educational programs, and offers many services
to patients and their families. It also provides free booklets on cancer.
To obtain information about services and activities in local areas, call
the Society's toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345, or the number listed under
American Cancer Society in the white pages of the telephone book.
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