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Oncology nurses are the go-to people when patients have questions about their disease, their treatment plan, or how to manage their care at home. Oncology Nurse Advisor teamed up with CancerCare to help nurses provide patients with reliable information. 

Written by experts, CancerCare Fact Sheets are easy-to-read and provide reliable information for patients with cancer, their families, and caregivers. New Fact Sheets will be available each month. The following Fact Sheets are currently available. 

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Caring for Your Bones When You Have Prostate Cancer

Many men experience bone loss and joint pain related to their prostate cancer. Communicating with your health care team is important to maintaining healthy bones. There are also lifestyle changes you can make to help keep your bones strong. This fact sheet answers some commonly asked questions about prostate cancer and bone health. 

“Doctor, Can We Talk?”: Tips for Communicating With 
Your Health Care Team

Talking to your doctor can be difficult. Regardless of your diagnosis, hearing about it may leave you feeling frightened or overwhelmed. Good communication with your doctor will help improve the quality of the care you receive.

Breast Cancer: Coping With Your Changing Feelings

Having breast cancer affects you in many different ways. For example, treatments may change the way you look and how you feel about yourself and your body. The demands of treatment may also affect your personal relationships or make it difficult to manage your usual activities and responsibilities. Fortunately, these are challenges you do not have to face alone.

Colorectal Cancer: New Tools for Making Decisions About Treatment

As your health care team guides you through a colorectal cancer diagnosis, they perform many diagnostic tests to understand your tumor type. Most treatment recommendations are based on this important information, which can include details such as your cancer’s stage, grade, and location. This fact sheet describes two tests that allow doctors to predict, in some cases, how a patient’s tumor will behave so that they can plan treatment accordingly. 

After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

After you receive a breast cancer diagnosis, your doctor will order various diagnostic tests that provide important details about your type and stage of breast cancer. The results of these tests help guide his or her treatment recommendations. 

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