NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Part 8: Moving beyond treatment
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help as needed. Above all, try not to waste valuable time and energy looking
backward or second-guessing yourself. Take a deep breath and move forward.
After all, this time around you have quite a few advantages that you didn’t have
when you first were diagnosed.
You know more.
First time out, everything was a surprise. Now, you’re a
veteran. Central venous catheter? Been there, done that. Chemotherapy
side effects? Check. Very loud MRIs? Piece of cake. The fact that you’ve
already been through treatment can make it easier to plan, to cope, and to
work with the treatment team.
You’ve built relationships.
If you’re being treated by the same basic
oncology team, you also have the advantage of working with people you
already know and trust.
You know what works for you.
Instead of trial and error, you can draw
on your first experience when making decisions about dealing with side
effects, planning your life, and making use of available supports.
Use the lessons learned during your first round of cancer to help in decision
making and in taking control of the situation.
Central venous catheter:
A thin, flexible tube that is
placed into a vein in the
upper arm, neck, thigh, or
below the collarbone
that kill all cells that grow
rapidly, including cancer
cells and normal cells
A test that uses
radio waves and powerful
magnets to see the shape
and function of body parts
physical or emotional
response to treatment