CST_logoFirst Steps for the Newly Diagnosed refers to the information that needs to be gathered and the decisions that need to be made in the initial days and weeks after you are diagnosed with cancer. In this program, we offer practical guidelines designed to help you take those first steps toward successfully meeting the challenges that a cancer diagnosis can impose.

After listening to this Toolbox program, you will be better prepared to:

  • Select the members of your cancer care team
  • Work with your team to gather the information needed to make informed decisions
  • Decide on an initial treatment plan
  • Learn what you need to know about your insurance policy (or where to go for help if you are underinsured or uninsured)
  • Tell people about your diagnosis
  • Identify and ask for the help and support you’ll need

Download the Cancer Survival Toolbox Resource Booklet (PDF)


Hear about what is discussed in the First Steps to Cancer Survival and about the background of the Cancer Survival Toolbox. 

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Survivor Stories: Gathering Information

Hear Joan, an oncology nurse and cancer survivor, explain the best tactics for developing knowledge and understanding the information you are taking in. 

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Survivor Stories: Your Cancer Care Team

Learn about who should make up your cancer care team and hear advice on how to choose who you want to be a part of your team. 

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Survivor Stories: Your Cancer Care Plan/Second Opinions

Hear some questions to ask your care team that will help you decide what treatment is best for you. Also, hear many survivors talk about their experience with getting a second opinion and how important it can be. 

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Survivor Stories: Other Resources and How to Find Them

Learn how to find and obtain further information and how to utilize social workers and nurse navigators. 

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Survivor Stories: Reviewing Your Healthcare Policy

Hear survivors explain the importance of knowing about your insurance policy and get pointers on the specifics that are most important. 

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Survivor Stories: Asking For Help

Listen to Pam talk about her experience being diagnosed and reaching out to find a supportive community. Hear a list of specific resources of places to seek out for support. 

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Survivor Stories: Who to Tell

Listen to Linda and Claire share their thoughts on talking to others about cancer. 

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Survivor Stories: Telling Your Employer

Hear some logical thoughts and advice about how and if you should share your diagnosis with your employer. 

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Survivorship Care Planning

Learn the logistics of a care plan and why it is important to consider your long-term survivorship from the beginning. 

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