. The American Cancer Society offers 24 hours a day, and seven days a week support to patients newly diagnosed with cancer, currently going through treatment or to caregivers, by offering information, day-to-day help, and emotional support. Their support ranges from temporary housing, free transportation, understanding the diagnosis, treatment options, treatment side effects and near the end of life support (ACS, 2018).
Educational support starts with understanding the diagnosis. The patient can learn what cancer is, how it spreads to other parts of the body, and how cancers are different. Some cancers spread very quickly, and others grow more slowly. The patient can learn that some type of cancers is best treated with surgery, while others do betters with medication and radiation treatments (ACS, 2018).
Patients can access information online at www.canger.org or via telephone Cancer Helpline 800.227.2345. A team of doctors writes the information provided at the American Cancer Society, master prepared nurses, journalist, editors and translators specialized in medical writing.
The patient can learn how is treatment planned and anticipate their growth rate of cancer. An example would be certain types of leukemias and lymphomas grow faster than solid tumors. Thus, the treatment for those cancers should be started in a couple of days (ACS, 2018).
The ACS service that I would recommend for someone I knew, who is diagnosed with cancer would be the American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO). The reason is finding a clinical oncologist for a second opinion. The diagnosis of cancer is overwhelming and having the reassurance that the right treatment is initiated, or finding out a different treatment option can help the patient explore all options. I would advise the patient to communicate that decision with their physician and to verify with the insurance before making arrangements (ACS, 2018).