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?