NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Multiple Myeloma, Version 1.2014
Deciding on a treatment plan Benefits of a treatment plan
Becoming a “cancer patient”
Hearing “you have cancer” is likely to be life-changing.
Some challenges may include managing doctor visits, figuring out how to care for
your kids, missing work, and feeling a loss of control. Some people try to keep their
life as normal as they can. Others change their lives a lot. However, many cancer
survivors will tell you that during the active treatment period, being a patient is your
job. It’s a job that requires much time and energy. This can be hard.
Accept the support offered to you and reach out for more help if you need it.
Maintain warm relationships with family and friends. Most people would be happy
to hear what you need. Make a list for them of things that would help you. If you
are a person of faith, your personal beliefs and faith community can help. There
are also professionals in mental health, social work, and pastoral services who are
able to assist you. You can also start attending support groups to receive help from
other cancer survivors.