Cancer patients have additional supporters
Aug 16, 2011
Individuals who are diagnosed with any type of cancer have to deal with a multitude of decisions and choices. Many hospitals are now offering patients with help to make these decisions, according to the Wall Street Journal.
"Patients may be overwhelmed by family issues, job issues, and even questions about whether they can get an appointment at a reasonable time," Martha Hare, the program director of national Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, told the news source.
Breast cancer patients can find navigators to help through the unique challenges of this disease specifically. The National Consortium of Breast Centers offers a certification program for these individuals to learn from, the media outlet reports.
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. It is recommended that once women turn 40 years old, they get their annual mammogram to ensure that if they do get diagnosed with the disease, they can catch it during its early stages.