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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017

Life can change when you have


Part 7 talks about life with cancer and how

it affects your loved ones. You can find

ways to deal with the day-to-day living and

ask for help. Financial challenges may also

come up, so here you will find resources

you can use.

For the next year or more, a lot of your time is

going to be focused on cancer. The plans you made

before your diagnosis can change. You will have

tests, treatments, insurance issues, and try to hold

it together. This doesn’t mean that you have to do it

alone. You can get support and do some planning to

keep things moving forward.

What happens now that I have


Coping with moving back home

If getting cancer also means moving back in with your

parents or other family members, the shock of your

diagnosis may be mixed with a lot of other feelings.

You may feel frustration at losing your independence

or relief to be back where you grew up. It can be a

strange mix of feelings.

Although the love and support of your family can be at

the top of your list, it’s important that they—and you—

know that you have the final decision when it comes

to treatment. Parents and other family members can

help you with research, support you during doctor

visits, and offer their opinions. But you have the right

to lead the way or decide to let others do this for you.

Maintaining a sense of control

A cancer diagnosis and treatment can lead to feelings

of fear and loss of control. You can do things to help

maintain a sense of control after a cancer diagnosis.


Get organized. You’ll be dealing with a LOT of

paper and information on your cancer journey.


Living your life

58 What happens now that I have cancer?

61 Will my relationships change?

62 Will my daily life change?

63 What are the financial challenges?

64 Review