Resources for Getting Started with Cancer Treatment

Hearing that you need treatment for your cancer likely brings up many questions. How is the treatment given? What does it do? How am I going to feel? Can I bring someone with me to treatment appointments?

Education is essential to cancer treatment, and Compass Oncology encourages anyone with a cancer diagnosis to learn about their type of cancer and the treatments involved in their treatment plan. Compass Oncology offers an educational video series, developed by our nurse educators. This series covers topics such as how different cancer treatments work, treatment room guidelines, what to bring to your appointment, how to manage treatment side effects, and additional resources. The Compass team wants you to feel involved in your care and more comfortable with treatment.

Understanding Cancer Treatment

There are several types of treatment for cancer including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Participating in a clinical trial may also be an option. Recommended treatment plans are tailored to individual patients based on various factors and may differ from person to person. Each type of treatment is associated with its own set of expected side effects. 


Side Effects of Cancer Treatment 

Cancer treatments and cancer itself can cause side effects. Some common side effects include pain, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, mood changes, and anemia (low red blood cell counts). It's important to note that side effects can vary from person to person, depending on the type and location of their cancer, as well as the specific treatment they receive. Even among those receiving the same type of cancer treatment, side effects can vary.  

If you experience any problems, speak to a member of your cancer care team so that they can help you feel better. Make sure to ask about the symptoms that you should contact them for, and when you should go to the emergency room.

Meet Our Clinical Nurse Educators

The nurse educators at Compass Oncology are available to enhance patient education. Improved understanding of your diagnosis and treatment can empower you during your cancer journey.