People Affected by Cancer

Woman With Cancer And Her DoctorThis section highlights support available to patients and those affected by cancer. Included are sections that explain psychosocial oncology, the APOS Helpline and resources and links that may be helpful to you or someone you know who has been diagnosed with cancer.

If you would rather speak to someone to help you sort out resources to help you, you can call the APOS Helpline for phone support.

It's important that you and your doctor are able to communicate well so you can get what you need. Here we provide tips that can help make it easier to talk with your doctor and other members of your health care team.

Talking With Your Doctor       Resources & Links

Patient's Rights

In the early 1970’s the American Hospital Association drafted a Bill of Rights to inform patients of what they could reasonably expect while in the hospital. Since then, various groups have developed a number of different declarations, so that there’s more than one version of the Patient’s Bill of Rights.

As health care has changed, newer bills of rights tend to discuss patients’ rights in dealing with insurance companies and other specific situations. For the most part, the older bills of rights still apply to the situations and settings for which they were written

Patient's Bill of Rights