Cancer Support: When Your Cancer Comes Back or Gets Worse - Topic Overview
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Setting goals—large and small—is another way to stay in charge. For example, if one of your goals is to attend a family wedding in 2 months, make a list of the smaller goals that will get you there, like eating a healthy diet and getting some exercise every day.
Being an active patient is a way to feel more in control. Talk to your doctor about your feelings, and ask lots of questions. Ask for copies of your medical records. Know what your treatment is going to be and why your doctor is recommending it.
Where to learn more
The National Cancer Institute's website offers lots of help for coping with cancer. The following articles may help you:
- "When Cancer Returns," www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/when-cancer-returns
- "Coping with Advanced Cancer," www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/advancedcancer