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  • Introduction to Cancer Survivorship

    "Life can change in a sunset. You're fine, and then all of the sudden someone says, 'you have cancer."
    — Ken Miller, MD 

    What is Cancer Survivorship?

    People define "cancer survivor" in different ways. Some feel that a person is a survivor from the moment he or she is diagnosed with cancer. Others feel it's after treatment has finished. Regardless of how you define it, our goal is to help you transition from cancer treatment to healthy survivorship care.

    What You Can Do

     
    • Give yourself time. If you're a survivor, you may find that there is a disconnect between how you look and how you feel shortly after cancer treatment ends. People may tell you that you look great – your hair has grown back, for example – and they may think that you're back to 100 percent energy, but you're not. This is normal. Give yourself time to get back to full strength.
    • Communicate with your loved ones. As a cancer survivor, you may find yourself in a different emotional place from those around you. For example, a family member may be very worried about a cancer recurrence, while you are not, or vice-versa. The solution: talk about it with your loved ones. Give everyone a chance to have their feelings heard.
    • Accept that your care will change as treatment ends. When cancer treatment comes to a close, it's common to feel nervous that you're not doing enough to stay healthy, because you're not seeing the doctor as much. This is OK. To make sure you're doing enough, talk with your care team about next steps, such as scheduling regular health screenings and checkups.
    • Create a care plan. Healthy cancer survivorship involves planning for the future. Download the Survivorship Toolkit to help you get started.
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  • Establishing a Care Plan after Cancer Treatment

    • Ken Miller and Richard Boyajian
      "When I was discharged from the hospital, I couldn't believe how nervous and afraid I was because I had no idea what was going to happen next, in terms of testing and follow-up."
      – Richard Boyajian, RN, MS, ANP
    • Learn about care plans after cancer treatment 
     
  • Giving Voice to Experience

     
  • Communicating with Your Care Team

     
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