How to Weather the First Week After a Cancer Diagnosis

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How to Weather the First Week After a Cancer Diagnosis

A roadmap for the first week after a cancer diagnosis.

he first few days after a cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming. At the very moment when you must make key decisions about your treatment and care, your brain may feel overloaded processing the distressing news you’ve just received.

Mark J. Fesler, M.D., assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology at Saint Louis University Cancer Center and a SLUCare cancer doctor, says that the anxiety that comes with a positive cancer test can and should be managed.

“Cancer is an anxiety provoking diagnosis,” said Fesler, who also is director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. “I believe you should see your cancer doctor as soon as possible and that visit should begin to reduce your anxiety.”

If your emotions are swirling, Fesler offers the following pieces of advice to keep in mind in the days following a diagnosis.

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