Q. A close family friend was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer, and she will learn soon what her treatment will be. She mentioned different surgical options, and I want to learn more. Where should I look to learn more about her options?
The National Cancer Institute is a good place to start to find information about bladder treatment options. Additional organizations that provide information about bladder cancer treatment, as well as general bladder cancer information, include:
- Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
- American Cancer Society
- Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates
CancerCare offers publications on many different topics that might be helpful:
- Coping With Cancer: Tools to Help You Live
- Building a Community of Support
- “What Can I Say to a Newly Diagnosed Loved One?”
Connect Education Workshops also provide helpful information direct from cancer experts. The topics below might be of interest to you and your friend.
Going through a cancer diagnosis can be difficult and having emotional support from friends and family might not be enough. CancerCare offers many support services that might be helpful to you or your friend, including individual telephone counseling and telephone or online support groups. CancerCare support groups are moderated by professional oncology social workers. If you have any questions or need support, please feel to contact CancerCare at 800-813-HOPE (4673).