Brain Tumor Diagnosis
Living with brain cancer is a different experience for everyone, and you have the right to choose what your life will be like after your Brain Tumor Diagnosis. Everyone’s journey starts with a different step, and here are ten that you may find helpful.A Brain Tumor Diagnosis is difficult to face, but there are steps you can take to manage the situation for the best possible outcome. ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure) is here as a friend and teammate to help you think through this scientifically complicated and emotional process.We curated this resource from leading research and support organizations in the Brain Tumor Diagnosis community, as well as patients who gave first-hand accounts of their experiences living with brain cancer.
1. Take a Deep Breath
Most brain tumors don’t require immediate intervention. You most likely have several days or longer to find the right medical team. Learn more about getting started.
2. Decide What’s Important to You
How do you want to live your life with brain cancer? Are you willing to take active measures to fight the disease? There’s no right or wrong way, but make conscious and knowing decisions so you understand the tradeoffs. Read more about what to consider as you decide.
3. Organize Your Support Team
Telling people can be especially hard because it makes the disease feel more real to you, but having your support group together will eventually make things much easier to move forward. Learn more about what makes a great support team.
4. Educate Yourself
Use the web smartly – it can be a dark and dangerous place. Use the resources throughout these ten steps for a curated list of the best brain tumor educational resources. Learn to locate reliable information.
5. Gather an All-Star Treatment Team
You want to be under the care of top doctors who work with brain tumor patients all the time. ABC2 has a list of centers that specialize in brain tumor treatment across the country in the Find Care section. Read about what makes up an all-star treatment team.