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My oncologist is at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. When I first went there, they gave me a bag full of things I was going to need.  It included a notebook where I could keep medical records, a calendar for tracking appointments, record of symptoms to tell the doctors, a place to file business and appointment cards, and information on breast cancer, treatment, diet, exercise, etc. 

I don’t know how I would have managed without it.  If you didn’t get a bag, you can order one through Bag It. Check out their website:

They have information online and the following is a list of bag tools and their sources:

NCI Publications:
Eating Hints
When Someone You Love is Being Treated for Cancer
Taking Time
Life After Cancer Treatment
Taking Part in Cancer Research Studies

NCCS Publications:
Teamwork – The Cancer Patient’s Guide to Talking With Your Doctor
Cancer Survival Toolbox – CD program

Three Ring Binder:
Paper and dividers for keeping track of information, test results and appointments
Business and Appointment Card Holder
Letter from BAG IT Founder and President
Feedback/Evaluation Form
Cancer Treatment Summary-Follow-up Care Plan Resources for survivorship after treatment

What is the bag all about?

The six publications, the CDs, and the binder directly address:

Quality of life issues:
Dealing with emotions like fear, anxiety, and loneliness
Discussing cancer with family, friends, and co-workers
Timely nutrition information
Adapting to changing relationships
Addressing caregiver needs and concerns
Making difficult decisions
Critical areas such as:
Talking with your doctor and making the most of office visits
Dealing with insurance concerns
Listing of national resources

The binder included in the bag is an effective empowerment tool.
It helps patients keep track of:
Copies of referrals
Lab work and reports
Blood work
Office visit questions, answers, and notes
Contacts and appointments
Summary and follow-up care

BAG IT is also available in Spanish

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