Navigating Cancer Care

This section is designed to help people with cancer and their families better understand the disease, its causes and its treatment.

Cancer Basics

Information that helps explain what cancer is, who is part of the cancer care team, and how to use genetics and statistics to help understand the disease and its treatment. Also contains definitions of common terms you may hear and a medical illustrations gallery.

Diagnosing Cancer

Doctors use many tests to diagnose cancer and determine which treatments may be the most effective. Some of the diagnostic tests that are used include imaging tests, surgical tests, and blood tests.

Managing Your Care

Information on organizing your cancer care, including medical forms to track your medical history, appointment notes, and treatment instructions.

Financial Considerations

Find information, tools, and resources to help patients manage the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis. Includes information on 2010 health reform law.

How Cancer is Treated

This section includes general information on the most common types of cancer treatment, such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. This section also describes some of the less common therapies such as hormone therapy, biologic therapy, and targeted therapy.

Side Effects

Information on more than 45 potential side effects of cancer and its treatment, including how to prevent, relieve, or manage them.  

Dating, Sex, and Reproduction

Find out about dating and intimacy, sexuality and cancer treatment for men and women, fertility concerns for men and women, and cancer during pregnancy.

Advanced Cancer

This section explains what a diagnosis of advanced cancer means for patients and family members and provides information about end-of-life considerations, including hospice care.

For Children

This section contains resources for children with cancer and their families.

For Teens

This section is designed to help teens learn more about cancer, cope with the changes that may occur, and connect to other websites designed just for teenagers with cancer.

For Young Adults

This section is designed to help young adults learn more about cancer, cope with the changes that may occur, and find other resources designed for young adults with cancer.

For Older Adults

The information in this section is designed to help older adults and their families cope with cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Prevention and Healthy Living

Learn about ways to prevent and lower your risk of cancer, including information about chemoprevention, cancer screening, diet and nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, and weight control.

Cancer.Net Videos

Watch free videos designed to help patients, family, and friends learn more about cancer care and treatment.