Dealing with your diagnosis of cancer
There are a couple of really important things to remember:
- Cancer can be treated.
- You are not alone. There are other young people who have been diagnosed with cancer (check out the stories from other young people here).
- It is not your fault.
- Having the right information is important.
- Hang on to hope.
You may feel numb, angry and confused by your diagnosis. Cancer is more common in older people so it might seem strange to be young and be diagnosed with cancer.
You might think “why me?” and this is perfectly okay. Unfortunately there are no answers.
When you were diagnosed with cancer, your doctor probably told you the name of your cancer. Cancer types generally have long-winded and hard to understand names.
Each type of cancer is very different, which means that its treatment is different.
If your GP told you of your diagnosis, then you will probably be referred to an oncologist or a haematologist and they will work out a treatment plan for you.
There are some cancers that are more common in young people than in adults.
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