In my words
Having a diagnosis actually helped to reduce my fear because the uncertainty was gone. Not knowing was worse than knowing. With a diagnosis, I could now take productive steps to deal with it. Prior to a diagnosis I felt like I was floundering and not moving in any clear direction.
The diagnosis is when cancer is first identified. Determining how much cancer there is and the location of the cancer – staging – helps the oncologist determine the best course of treatment for a patient.
For further information, see also : www.cancercare.on.ca/pcs/diagnosis/
Click the graphic above to explore the CSQI through the patient journey.