1. Research what hospitals are the leaders in your type of cancer, review your options, and their statistics.  US News and World Reports assesses hospitals every year at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals

  2. Clinical trials may produce better results than the standard of care. Visit http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/

  3. Interview your oncologist to make sure you are comfortable with them because you’ll be spending a lot of time with this person.  I believe that someone who is positive and has good delivery is key.

  4. Ask questions and keep your own records.  If you do not understand, ask / write everything down and ask for copies of all your scans (CT/PET/MRI). Get a big accordion folder and label each section.  It will be helpful one day.

  5. Everything takes a lot of time and time goes slowing when you are waiting to be treated. Make sure you have a good book - buy a Kindle.

  6. Be your own Advocate, or find someone who will be your Advocate. This could save your life.

  7. Ask for help – you’ll be surprised of the results. Email and call friends and family – this is not a time to be shy!

  8. Think outside the box.  Combining Eastern and Western philosophies can work miracles. Consider yoga, rakkii, mediation, acupuncture, prayer, energy work, or anything that keeps you feel positive and moving forward.

  9. Eat “healing foods”. Remember, “Garbage in, Garbage out”. Veggies with bright colors, and big leaves are your new friends. Stay away from processed stuff. You are building a castle.  

  10. Every time a door closes, another one opens.  It’s up to you to find it!

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