What do I do if I find out I have cancer?

How soon after being diagnosed with cancer does treatment start?

Treatment delays

Cancer treatment should start very soon after diagnosis, but for most cancers, it won’t hurt to wait a few weeks to begin treatment. This gives the person with cancer time to talk about all their treatment options with the cancer care team, family, and friends, and then decide what’s best for them.

What is the process of being diagnosed with cancer?

The doctor may start by asking about your personal and family medical history and do a physical exam. The doctor also may order lab tests, imaging tests (scans), or other tests or procedures. You may also need a biopsy, which is often the only way to tell for sure if you have cancer.

How do you deal with waiting for cancer diagnosis?

Easing Stress When Waiting for Test Results

  1. Preparing for tests—and anxiety. …
  2. “Worry is trying to predict a future that no one knows,” said Dr. …
  3. Effective coping mechanisms. …
  4. Control your thoughts. …
  5. Reach out. …
  6. Break up the time into blocks. …
  7. Make good use of your nervous energy. …
  8. Hang out with kids or pets.
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At what stage of cancer is chemotherapy used?

Metastatic cancer is considered stage IV. Chemotherapy is used to treat advanced-stage breast cancer by destroying or damaging the cancer cells as much as possible. Because chemotherapy medicines affect the entire body, chemotherapy is commonly used to treat advanced-stage breast cancer.

What are the 7 warning signs of cancer?

These are potential cancer symptoms:

  • Change in bowel or bladder habits.
  • A sore that does not heal.
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge.
  • Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere.
  • Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
  • Obvious change in a wart or mole.
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness.

Will a doctor tell you if they suspect cancer?

Doctors need the information about grade and stage to plan your treatment. It may take a few days before your doctor has the results of all the tests. They will then be able to tell you whether you have cancer, and talk with you about your treatment options.

What is the fastest killing cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is hard to diagnose early and so – when it is diagnosed – there needs to be a sense of urgency in treating people with the disease, as it is the quickest killing cancer.

What is the 2 week rule?

The 2 week rule (also called 2 week wait) is a referral for patients who have signs and symptoms that can be caused by cancer BUT in my experience, the majority of patients referred on this pathway do not have cancer.

Does an urgent referral mean I have cancer?

The specialist team will give you a lot of information and many people find it useful to take a friend or relative along with them and you are very welcome to do so. It is important to remember that even though you are being referred urgently, this DOES NOT necessarily mean that you have cancer.

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How long can you have cancer without knowing?

For example, certain types of skin cancer can be diagnosed initially just by visual inspection — though a biopsy is necessary to confirm the diagnosis. But other cancers can form and grow undetected for 10 years or more , as one study found, making diagnosis and treatment that much more difficult.