NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Part 4: Navigating the treatment process
drug company programs designed to help people
who cannot afford cancer treatment. (For more on
financial issues, see Part 7.)
Talk to your treatment team.
Your team can
do more than hand out pills and stick you with
needles. If you’re having trouble coping with the
treatment plan, let them know. They can give you a
hand with accessing psychological, financial, and
practical help for sticking with treatment while living
your life. They’ll also work with you to schedule
treatments in a way that works with your day-to-day
responsibilities and needs.
Stick with your appointments.
Although your team
will try to be flexible when timing your appointments,
most cancer facilities have pretty tight schedules.
If you miss a scheduled appointment it may not be
possible to get a new one right away—which could
delay treatment by days or longer.
Your treatment team can’t help you
if they don’t know what’s going on. If you’re
experiencing side effects or symptoms, talk to your
doctor or oncology nurse. If you’re drinking or using
recreational drugs, tell them.