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Cancer Survival Toolbox™
The Cancer Survival Toolbox™ is a free, award-winning audio program that teaches skills that can help people with cancer meet the challenges of their illness. The Toolbox includes a Basic Skills set that covers six important topics: communicating, finding information, making decisions, solving problems, negotiating and standing up for your rights. In addition, the Toolbox includes three additional programs that cover topics for older persons, finding ways to pay for care and caring for the caregiver.

Communicating with Your Doctor and Healthcare Team
Choosing A Doctor After a diagnosis of sarcoma, choosing the right physician can be a difficult and confusing process. It is important to find a doctor who has experience treating the particular type and stage of cancer you have. This is especially challenging with sarcomas because specialists are difficult to find and often are not located close to home. Visit our list of helpful contacts and …

Coping with Fatigue
Feeling exhausted, zapped, beat, drained, wilted, flat, worn-out, and just plain pooped?? You’re definitely not alone. Fatigue is highly prevalent in the cancer population, and all adults with cancer are at risk for developing cancer-related fatigue (“CRF”). Regardless of their diagnosis, stage of disease or type of treatment, the overwhelming majority of cancer patients report symptoms of fatigue; …

Coping with Surgery
There are a number of things the hospital will require you to do before you have surgery. These are some basic guidelines for the surgical process so that you and your family will know what to expect. PAPERWORK Entering the hospital requires forms and paperwork. Every hospital worker will have paperwork for you to sign or fill out. You should have proof of insurance with you. If you have a durable …

From Me to You: Beginning Your Chemo
Very soon after you find out you have cancer, you will be faced with chemotherapy. As bad as “chemo” is, the good news is that it seems to work better now than ever before at eliminating or reducing cancer in your body due to improvements in the amount of poison you can be given without your body shutting down. The amount of “chemo” you should have is a guessing game of sorts because everyone’s …

The Key to Successful Sarcoma Treatment Begins with Accurate Pathology Diagnosis
The first crucial step in cancer management is to assure that the pathology diagnosis (the biopsy) is correct and accurate. What is the basis for this statement? A pathologist is the only physician who can make the actual diagnosis of cancer. He/she is a medical doctor with specialty training in the examination and diagnosis of cells and tissues under the microscope that have been removed from the …