Depending upon the results from the barrage of testing you’ve been through, your treatment plan will either be curative (aimed at completely curing you from the cancer) or aimed at controlling the cancer if it has metastasised (spread elsewhere). In addition to your own sheer force, Operation Kill Cancer also recruits the best team available including Oncologists, Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Fertility Specialists, Nurses, Social Workers, Counsellors and Charity Support workers as your support crew, so while you’ve probably never felt more alone in your life – you’re actually far from it.
Remember to ask lots and lots of questions. This is your life, and you should own it. Take control, and educate yourself as much as possible. Try to take someone with you to all meetings with your medical team members. These are highly emotional times and it is easy to forget what is said in consultation rooms, even though you’re sure you’ll remember everything. On that note, it also helps to write things down, and indeed write questions down before you go in there so you’ll remember everything you want to ask.
Once you’ve agreed to your treatment plan and discussed any concerns and questions with your specialists then its all systems go – Operation Kill Cancer is fully mobilised – but prepare yourself, because from here it all happens at lightning speed.
Continue the journey…
- IVF (fertility) treatment
- Telling others
- Neoadjuvant/adjuvant treatment – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy (but not always in that order!)