Cancer is a large group of diseases that can start in almost any organ or tissue of the body. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably, go beyond their usual boundaries and/or spread to other organs. The latter process is called metastasizing.
- Get routine screenings. Talk to your doctor about when to begin screening tests like a mammogram, colonoscopy or PAP test.
- Quit smoking. If you are a smoker, one of the best things you can do for your health is to quit.
- Gather your support network. This can be family and/or friends. Lean on them when you need help. Ask them to come to doctor visits with you. Ask them to help with housework and chores when you need rest.
There are many types of cancer treatment. The types of treatment that you receive will depend on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about different cancer treatments.
- Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells
- Hormone therapy is a treatment that slows or stops the growth of breast and prostate cancers that use hormones to grow.
- Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps your immune system fight cancer.
- Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors
- When used to treat cancer, surgery is a procedure in which a surgeon removes cancer from your body.
- Ambulance Transportation Services: Ambulance services are for when you need emergency care while being transported to the hospital or special support when being transported between facilities in your home to help you manage or recover from a medical conditions, illness or injury.
- Hospice Services: Medical care, treatment and emotional support services for people with terminal illnesses or who are at the end of their lives to help keep them comfortable and pain free. Support services are also available for family members or caregivers.
- Inpatient Hospital Services: Medical care that you get while you are in the hospital. This can include any tests, medicines, therapies and treatments, visits from doctors and equipment that is used to treat you.
- Integumentary Services: Services to diagnose or treat skin conditions, illnesses or diseases.
- Pain Management Services: Treatments for long-lasting pain that does not get better after other services have been provided.
- Transplant Services: Services that include all surgery and pre- and post- surgical care.
- Up to $20 Tobacco Cessation Health Coaching Sessions: Age 10 and up. Must submit a consent form, verbally pledge to stop tobacco use and complete all four sessions within six months of the first session. $5 reward after each completed session.
- Learn more about Healthy Rewards.
- Have you been diagnosed with cancer? Are you caring for a loved one diagnosed with cancer? The American Cancer Society can help. Call the American Cancer Society’s 24/7 support hotline at 1-800-227-2345.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers resources about different cancers.
- The National Cancer Institute offers information and support for different cancers.
- Sunshine Health Community Resource Database: Find more free resources through Sunshine Health’s Community Resource Database. Enter your ZIP code to search for help with food, shelter, healthcare, money, school, jobs and more.
- Sunshine Health offers Case Management for care coordination needs and support with the management of your condition.