Confronting a cancer diagnosis, especially a prognosis indicating limited lifespan, is a heavy burden for anyone to process. As a 25-year survivor, I offer these 10 critical steps to take immediate control, and to position yourself as ‘project manager’, placing yourself as the cornerstone of your own care.
Originally created as a bonus piece of content for my friend and colleague, Dr. Kelly Turner’s Radical Remission online course, I am excited to now offer this guide to new readers.
Inside the Guide
- Assemble your A-Team
- Pace yourself and your decisions based on their true urgency
- Get a second (or third) opinion, and include an NCI–Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Use reputable sources to learn about your specific disease
- Keep expectations in check regarding your primary oncologist and her knowledge or interest in integrative and lifestyle medicine
- Understand and employ the core tenets of lifestyle medicine to prevent, control, and potentially reverse disease
- Control your treatment and care costs
- Look for high quality, free community resources
- Proper aftercare to ensure long-term survivorship is paramount
- You are not a statistic!