Maybe you haven’t been feeling well. Or, perhaps you’re tired or have pain that won’t go away. At Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, Dr. Huang and his team encourage you to avoid turning to “Dr. Google” and consult with an expert if you want help diagnosing an ailment. At our local Juneau cancer center, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for our patients, providing not only treatment, but support through every part of the process – even before official diagnosis.
If you think you may have cancer, we understand how frightening of a feeling that can be. Below, you’ll find some of the most important steps to take if you think something is wrong.
What Should You Do if You Think You Have Cancer?
Thinking that you may have cancer is an unsettling experience. Whether you found a lump on your body, have been experiencing pain or bloating in your abdomen, or have experienced any other unusual symptoms, we understand how scary it can be. In all cases, though, the first step is to call your primary care physician. Your doctor will help interpret your symptoms, and assist with any next steps or specialist referrals you may need. The most important thing is to be completely honest, communicating the exact details of your symptoms so your doctor can make the best judgment possible.
What Should You Ask if You Think You Have Cancer?
When you do sit down with your doctor, it's a good opportunity to ask some questions about the current situation and the next steps. Beyond the traditional questions surrounding tests, diagnoses, and treatments, there are two less conventional questions you may think of asking.
If you still aren't sure you have cancer, ask your doctor what you could have done to lower your risk of cancer. If tests are negative, asking this question can serve as a prompt to take steps to lower your risk of cancer in the future – whether that be quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol, or changing your diet.
If you are diagnosed, one of the best questions you can ask is how to maintain and improve your quality of life. Finding the best ways to manage your symptoms and side effects, while maintaining your strength, may help improve how you feel during and after treatment.
What Should You Know if You Have Cancer?
If your diagnosis does end up being cancer, you'll likely feel overwhelmed by a flood of emotions – and that's ok. Strong, often negative emotions are all part of the normal response to a cancer diagnosis. But they're not a mandate. Accepting your diagnosis and maintaining a positive attitude towards the cancer treatment process is essential. With the right treatment team and mindset, you’re off to a great start.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Juneau, AK Radiation Therapy Center
If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today to learn more about the our radiation therapy treatments and the conditions we treat. We'll help you design a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle, and be with you every step of the way during your fight.