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Cancer Answer Nurses

Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C and Josette Snyder, RN, MSN, AOCN are Advanced Practice Nurses for Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute’s Cancer Answer Line.

You’re Not Alone: Facing Cancer as a Single Person

Facing a cancer diagnosis as a single person can add to an already stressful time. But even if you don’t have a partner or spouse, there’s a lot of people who can help you get the help that every cancer patient needs.

12 Questions to Ask if You Have Cancer and Need Radiation

When you’re going through cancer treatment, it’s important to ask your doctor and cancer care team all your questions. It will prepare you for for treatments, while helping your family to understand how to best support you. Not sure what to ask? Find some suggestions.

Don’t Let Cancer Drive You Into Debt

The last thing you want to worry about when you have cancer is money. But it’s often a real concern. Find out how patient assistance programs can help.

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How to Stop Cancer From Hurting You Psychologically

Fighting cancer isn’t just about stopping cancer cells; there’s a mental health side to this struggle. While sadness, anger and other emotions are normal, it’s important to get help if you notice signs of depression, anxiety or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here’s what to look for.

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What You Should Bring to Your Chemotherapy Session

We often suggest that our patients pack a small bag to bring to chemotherapy. Having a few familiar items from home can help ease anxiety you might be feeling. And these things can help you distract yourself while your treatment is administered.