A cancer diagnosis is scary and overwhelming, and you will meet with many professionals who will offer advice about your care. It is important to remember that you have a voice and are part of the decision-making team. You know your body better than anyone.
Self-advocacy is defined as the ability to address health-related issues by making informed decisions about your health, communicating effectively with your healthcare team, and connecting with others.
Self-advocacy is important because it allows you to speak up for yourself and advocate for your care options, including learning about and considering participating in clinical trials.
Visit the links below to learn more about self-advocacy and why it is important.
- Cancer Support Community: Defining Self-Advocacy
- Moffitt Cancer Center: Cancer Care Self-Advocacy Tips
- American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO): Taking Charge of Your Care
- US News and World Report: Cancer Care Self-Advocacy Suggestions
- VeryWell Health: How to Advocate for Yourself as a Cancer Patient
- Metastatic Trial Search: Learn About and Find Clinical Trials That Are Right For You
- Current clinical trials: MBC Trials for Self-Advocacy