It's In You to Fight Cancer

    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, remember… You are not alone – more than 230,000 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer every year and more people with cancer are living longer Receiving a cancer diagnosis is never welcome, but there are grounds to be hopeful and optimistic. Let your medical team know you so that you can work together to find the best care plan for you. Actively engaging in your treatment and care choices can be empowering, although individuals vary in their comfort levels with this involvement. Taking a proactive role may help foster a more constructive partnership with your medical team, instilling greater confidence in your care decisions. The ZOOMER web resource is designed to support and guide you in taking an active role in your cancer care. Here are some practical tips to help ensure you receive the BEST CARE: Be engaged in knowing the status of your cancer and your diagnosis & treatment options. Enlist the help of a family member or friend to accompany you at medical visits, take notes and support your decisions. Seek information from reputable sources such as trusted medical sites and patient groups. Talk to your medical team about what's important to you when discussing treatment options – your personal priorities, values, beliefs and goals. Consider with your medical team all treatment options available to you, their pros and cons, to help make a choice. Ask your medical team any questions you may have on your cancer, your treatment or your care. Review and write your questions before medical appointments to get the answers you need. Ensure you get what's best for you by helping make it happen as part of your care team! Here are resources to help you get the BEST CARE on your cancer journey: November was lung cancer awareness month – to learn more about lung cancer, check out: And here are some other resources on cancer care: