Diagnosis

The shock of a brain tumour diagnosis is difficult and overwhelming. Find more information about the right questions to ask, how to tell your loved ones, advocating for yourself, and finding support.

You are not alone!

If you, or someone you love, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, you will have lots of questions. Why me? Why now? How did this happen? The shock of a brain tumour diagnosis can be overwhelming. It is normal to experience many different feelings and emotions as you go through the process of understanding your diagnosis.

Knowing where you can go for support and who you can talk to can help.

Staff at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada are available to talk to you and your loved ones about finding support services in your community, as can the social worker at your hospital. Support Groups can also be beneficial. You are not alone!

Where to Start?

All of this information and more can be found in our Brain Tumour Handbook. These books have been compiled with the assistance of Health Care Professionals, so that you can be confident that you have reliable, accurate information.

Telling Family and Friends

Informing your loved ones about your diagnosis may be difficult. You might be unsure about how much information to disclose without burdening them. It is important to have the people closest to you available for support during this time. Sharing information with loved ones helps remove some of the emotional weight and allows you to move past the initial shock of diagnosis and on to learning about treatment options so that you can make an informed decision.

Our handbook and information sheets have more tips on how to communicate your news to family, friends, children, your employer, and co-workers.

Find support

A brain tumour diagnosis is a life-altering experience for anyone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. A strong support system will allow you to better cope with challenges you may face. Your support system may include friends and family, your health care team, your neighbours, even complete strangers who have faced a similar diagnosis.

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Learn about ways you can gain support from others in the brain tumour community

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