NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
Living your life
What happens now that I have cancer?
Hanging out with friends. . .
Having a social life can be difficult while being treated
for cancer. Some of your relationships with friends
can grow stronger, while others may be challenged.
Take time to decide what is right for you when it
comes to your social life.
Tell your friends what they need to know.
Share whatever information will help friends
understand your new needs and limits. Let
them help you out if you are feeling sick or
Keep your plans flexible.
It may be hard to
know how you’ll be feeling from one day to the
next. Let friends know that all plans are based
on how you’re feeling on any given day.
When your energy is limited,
it makes sense to spend it on events and
activities that you feel up to doing.
Expand your horizons.
stress-reducing activities into your social life.
Ask friends to join you for yoga class and
brunch instead of a night out.
Don’t be afraid to change your mind.
better to opt out of a planned activity than to
push yourself when you’re not feeling well.
Be aware of your risks.
If your treatment
plan includes drugs that suppress your
immune system, you’ll want to avoid large
group situations that can expose you to
germs. Be sure to check with your doctor on
when you may be able to participate in large
Think before you drink or smoke.
and other drugs may interact with your cancer
treatment and cause serious side effects.
Be sure to talk to your treatment team about
whether—or how much—alcohol is safe for
you, and about the risks of other recreational
drugs. Keep your treatment team informed
of how much you are drinking, smoking, or
Helping those around
you know what to do
Help Me Live: 20
Things People with Cancer Want
You to Know
Celestial Arts, 2011) is a terrific
resource for friends who aren’t
sure what to say—or do—to help.