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Charting Your Course

This web site presents a self-paced, online version of Charting Your Course, a whole person approach to living with cancer.

The Charting Your Course program is a series of four seminars, meant to help you learn how to navigate your health care. Charting Your Course is intended for people recently diagnosed with cancer, their family members, and friends. The seminars address such topics as:
  • Symptom Management
  • Sense of Personal Control
  • Identification of Support Networks
  • Financial Issues
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Decision Making & Planning
  • Communication with Health Care Providers
  • Stages of Grief
  • Listening Skills
  • Impact of Illness on Family & Friends

About the course

The program was developed as a series of workshops at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center under the following principles:
  • From first contact to last, share with patients information about the course of his or her disease, and options for treatment.
  • Strongly encourage patient & family participation in decision making and care.
  • Deliver care according to patients' preferences.
  • Care for each patient as a whole person, drawing on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Work with patients to anticipate and manage pain and other symptoms.
  • Offer coordinated care within patients' communities.

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