Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Questions Pulled from the 1, 2, 3 Step Process

Pulling Questions

>What feelings does someone have after they are diagnosed with cancer? What conclusions have they come to about life? Has this knowledge changed thier outlook on life at all? What do they think is the next step in life?

>How does a person make a desicion on which treatment to choose? Does a doctor tell them thier options or do they research them on thier own?

>What treatment options will insurance companies cover? How much is the copay? What happens to someone who doesn't have insurance?

1, 2, 3 Step Process of Development

1-The single most pressing question for someone who has been diagnosed with cancer is "What do i do now?"

2- There are many emotions that come into play for someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Fear and anger are common emotions but the greatest emotion is probably worry. Confusion about what to do next is the biggest issue on a cancer patients mind. I've known people who have been diagnosed with cancer, but I want to see what process they go through in order to get the treatment that they need.

3-A better assessment of the emotions involved with being diagnosed with cancer will allow me to better determine why people choose the kind of treatments that they do. I want to talk to a doctor or patient involved with cancer, and get their assessment on the process of getting treatment. Clear options and a firm grasp of one's emotions will help eliminate some of the worry that arises after diagnoses.

New paths to search

After talking to a reference librarian, it seems a good idea to me to look into government documents. There seem to be a lot of information about how to go about recieving cancer treatment. Most of it I think comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but I think I might look into the National Institutes of Health. There is also a lot of information I can find at the National Cancer Institute. I also will take her advice and check into the health sciences library. There seems to be a good deal of information there that will help me. Also, there is more information on treatment studies if I call the number 1-800-4-CANCER.