How to Be an Advocate

Navigating Diagnosis and Treatment: Suggestions for Maintaining General Well-Being for Patients and Families: The following information will help you to be a better advocate. In basic terms, advocacy not only refers to involvement in specific medical details regarding diagnosis and treatment, but rather to overall well-being. Patients and families who are advocates do all that they can to promote health and recovery following a cancer diagnosis. Use the advice below to provide support for you and/or your loved one.

How to Be an Advocate for Yourself or a Loved One:Patients and their families have the right to participate in their health care. It is important that you feel comfortable with the team of people providing care for you or your loved one. Use the links detailed above to help you gather information so you are prepared to communicate effectively. Some suggestions for you as you or your loved one deal with diagnosis and treatment: