Brain Cancer Treatment
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For most people with cancer, talking about their feelings and concerns helps.
- Your friends and family members can be very supportive. They may be hesitant to offer support until they see how you are coping. Don't wait for them to bring it up. If you want to talk about concerns, let them know.
- Some people don't want to "burden" their loved ones, or prefer talking about their concerns with a more neutral professional. A social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy may be helpful if you want to discuss feelings and concerns about having cancer. Your oncologist should be able to recommend someone.
- Many people with cancer are helped profoundly by talking to other people who have cancer. Sharing concerns with others who have been through the same experience can be remarkably reassuring. Support groups of people with cancer may be available through the medical center where you are receiving treatment. The American Cancer Society also has information about support groups all over the U.S.
Brain Cancer Clinical Trials
Through brain cancer clinical trials, researchers test the effects of new medications on a group of volunteers with brain cancer. Some patients with brain cancer are reluctant to take part in clinical trials for fear of getting no treatment at all for their brain cancer.
To get the facts about clinical trials for brain cancer, see Brain Cancer Clinical Trials.
More Brain Cancer Resources
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
The Brain Tumor Society