When cancer comes back, patients may feel many of the same emotions they experienced during their first diagnosis. Although facing a cancer recurrence can be overwhelming, it’s important to focus on gaining a thorough understanding of your disease and treatment options.
An important first step following a diagnosis is conducting research and educating yourself on the options available to you. While your doctor will determine an optimal treatment plan, doing your own research may help you better understand your disease and the different treatment methods available for recurrent cancer.
Seeking advice and perspectives from physicians with various backgrounds, or other patients who have been through a similar experience, can also be a great way to gain in-depth information for your own diagnosis.
An informed perspective on the treatment options available to you is essential. The effectiveness and ability to retreat an area of the body previously treated is a key factor in determining treatment options. If you or a loved one is facing a recurrent cancer diagnosis, ask your doctor about CyberKnife treatment or contact us to learn more. And take time this month to remind your loved ones of the importance of informed decision-making in cancer treatment and utilize the many patient resources available online and in your community.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.