MayoClinic.com Provides Tools and Tips for Patients with New Cancer Diagnosis

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About one-half of men and one-third of women in the United States will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetimes. That diagnosis often comes with little warning.

About one-half of men and one-third of women in the United States will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetimes. That diagnosis often comes with little warning.

After a cancer diagnosis, patients may feel anxious, afraid or overwhelmed and wonder how they can cope during the days to come. MayoClinic.com suggests some ways to cope:

-- Get the facts about the cancer diagnosis. Try to obtain as much basic, useful information as possible. Consider bringing a family member or friend to the first few doctor appointments.

-- Keep the lines of communication open. Maintain honest, two-way communication with loved ones, doctors and others.

-- Maintain energy levels. Eating a healthy diet that includes a variety of foods and getting adequate rest may help combat the stress and fatigue of cancer and treatment.

-- Try to maintain a normal lifestyle. Maintain your normal lifestyle, but be open to modification, as necessary. Live one day at a time.

MayoClinic.com offers coping and treatment tools for specific cancers and related conditions, including: breast cancer, mouth cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and myelodysplastic syndromes. A patient who is involved in making decisions about the specifics of cancer treatment may feel more confident when treatment begins. MayoClinic.com also explores options for getting involved in cancer treatment decisions.

About MayoClinic.com
Launched in 1995 and visited more than 15 million times a month, this award-winning Web site offers health information, self-improvement and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health. Produced by a team of Web professionals and medical experts, MayoClinic.com gives users access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 3,300 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic. MayoClinic.com offers intuitive, easy-to-use tools such as "Symptom Checker" and "First-Aid Guide" for fast answers about health conditions ranging from common to complex; as well as an A-Z library of more than 850 diseases and conditions, in-depth sections on 24 common diseases and conditions, 16 healthy living areas including food and nutrition, recipes, fitness and weight control, videos, animations and features such as "Ask a Specialist" and several consumer blogs. Users can sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter called "Housecall" which provides the latest health information from Mayo Clinic. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/.

To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to http://www.mayoclinic.org/news. MayoClinic.com (http://www.mayoclinic.com) is available as a resource for your health stories.

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