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Navigating a New Road with Cancer

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Cancer can be a life-altering experience for patients and the people who love them. Emotional, psychological, physical, spiritual, and practical shifts can reroute your life and plans for the future. Learning to navigate this new road and rediscover a sense of who you are and how you will live your life going forward are important aspects of healing and survivorship.

Tips to Help You Navigate

Remember, cancer does not define you.

Be kind to yourself.

Take it one day at a time and try to be in the moment.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Try to get enough sleep.

Save your energy for the things you value most.

Practice meditation or relaxation techniques.

Adjust expectations of yourself and others.

Try to avoid dwelling on what you cannot do and focus on what you can do.

Join a support group or talk to someone else who has experienced a cancer diagnosis. It helps to know you are not alone.

Talk to a trusted family member, friend, member of the clergy, or social worker.

Ask for help when you need it. This is not a weakness—it takes strength and self-awareness. 

Social workers with Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Patient and Family Support team help people with cancer and their loved ones cope with the emotions and life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. Learn more about Patient and Family Support.

Cancer touches all of us.