Taking control of your situation
Learning about the cancer and its treatment can give you back some feeling of control. This can help you to feel more confident about the future. But it’s up to you to decide how much information you would like at any one time.
This information can help you during talks with your doctor, your family and your friends. It will also help you feel more involved in your care, and more in control generally. It will help if you tell people what you really think and feel. This will help them understand the issues that are important to you.
Reliable sources of information
Your doctors and nurses are in the best position to help you and answer your questions, because they know about your situation. They may not always have the information you’re looking for though, and when they don’t, there are lots of other reliable sources you can use.
A lot of misleading information is available, and many people still believe myths about cancer. It’s important to get information that’s up-to-date and that comes from a reliable source.
You can get information from Macmillan. You can get information throughout this site, and we also have booklets, leaflets, fact sheets and audio materials about cancer, cancer treatments and aspects of living with cancer.
You can order any of these by visiting be.macmillan.org.uk or by calling our cancer support specialists.
Reliable information is also available from the organisations listed in our database.