Despite that fact the one of every two men and one in every three women people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, no one ever expects it to happen to them. I surely didn’t.

I was an otherwise healthy 37-year-old when I was diagnosed in 1996 with a rare and incurable cancer called multiple myeloma. The prognosis was grim: just three years.

I knew that if there were any hope of me outliving my prognosis, I was going to have to play it smart. What does that mean? Back then, it meant doing my homework, asking the tough questions, scheduling the extra lab work, and working closely with my healthcare team to discuss my treatment plan. But for patients diagnosed today it means so much more.

I wrote about five steps newly diagnoses patients can take that will impact the care they receive. These are among the most critical steps of one’s cancer journey because they set patients on the right path from the very beginning, giving them the very best chance of beating the odds now and in the long-term.

Read about it in The Huffington Post.

AuthorKathy Giusti