People who have finished their cancer treatments find themselves crossing a bridge into a phase of their cancer journey commonly referred to as post-treatment survivorship. There are several ways of defining survivorship and its meaning to each person is as individual as a fingerprint. To understand more about this important phase of survivorship, please read the explanation and video presented by Cancer.Net here.
Gaining knowledge and learning new tips and tools about your survivorship can empower you to live well beyond cancer.
Wendy Harpham, MD is an internal medicine physician, an author, and national keynote speaker about healthy cancer survivorship. She is also a 25-plus year survivor of multiple recurrences of cancer. She is known as “a fierce advocate and mentor for helping patients become healthy survivors,” and having been on “both sides of the stethoscope” truly understands the survivorship journey. For timely articles written for survivors and providers, please visit her Healthy Survivorship Blog.
This webinar from Penn Medicine’s OncoLink regarding cancer survivorship provides information, tips and resources to help you transition from cancer patient to survivor and make the most of life post-treatment.
Dana Farber was one of the first hospitals in the nation to begin acknowledging survivorship as a true phase of the cancer journey. Individuals who have survived cancer may face many challenges resulting from their cancer and treatments. Dana Farber has brought together experts from many fields to talk about the variety of issues cancer survivors face. There are 21 different topics, including nutrition, physical exercise, fear of recurrence, and creating a survivorship care plan. They also have wonderful Information Sheets for Cancer Survivors, and a Cancer Survivorship Blog with timely topics to help cancer patients and survivors stay on top of what’s new in the cancer survivorship realm.
This is a special topic of a series that was produced through collaboration between the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), the Oncology Nursing Society, and the National Association of Social Workers with a grant from Genentech, Inc. Living Beyond Cancer encourages individuals to take an active role in their care and discusses a number of issues specific to life beyond cancer. Its goals are to teach skills to help survivors adapt to their new life and to help them be as healthy as possible. The Toolbox is available in English and Spanish.
The NIH National Cancer Institute has compiled this booklet for people who have finished their cancer treatments. The booklet is free and can be downloaded print or to a tablet device. The information answers questions and new concerns patients and survivors might have to help them understand what life is like after cancer treatments end.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) provides information about all things related to survivorship for cancer survivors and their friends and families. They also created ASCO Answers Guide to Cancer Survivorship, which is free and can be downloaded as a printable PDF in English or Spanish from this page. This website’s information is for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis and is oncologist-approved.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) displays up-to-date information related to all phases of cancer survivorship. This booklet is published by the ACS as a guide for American Indians and Alaska Natives to discuss their care after treatment, and is a free PDF download.