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I've Been Diagnosed with Cancer

One Step at a Time

You will have many feelings after you learn that you have cancer: denial, anger, fear, etc. These feelings can change from day to day, hour to hour, or even minute to minute.

Take a deep breath. When you first learn that you have cancer, it seems like your life is suddenly out of control. It helps to focus on one step at a time (e.g., the next doctor's appointment) as opposed to thinking about everything that might happen in the months ahead.

In most cases, you have some time to explore your options. You should ask your doctor how long you can safely wait before treatment begins.

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