Building a Life After Cancer

For some people, it may take some time to adjust to their new normal once the cancer is in remission. Considering you have your whole life ahead of you, there’s a lot of planning to do. Get ready as you move into the next phase of your journey.

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  • Author: Debbie Abrams Kaplan, Lucy Maher
    In almost every circumstance, cancer is a life-changing disease that impacts both the body and the mind, even after remission. This article explores the surprising challenges of life in remission and tips to help keep a positive mindset through these additional life changes.
  • Author: Julie Revelant
    This article addresses the fact that fear that cancer might return is a common feeling among cancer survivors. The article highlights strategies that help manage some of that fear, including being informed, staying present, cultivating gratitude, facing fear, talking about it, exercising, and reducing stress.
  • Source: Cancer Support Community
    Watch a brief video of Carmen, a cancer survivor, as she discusses the uncertainties and hope in remission.
  • Source: American Cancer Society
    Keeping copies of your records and knowing how to find them is an important way to improve the quality of care you receive, especially if you change doctors after you are in remission.
  • Source: American Cancer Society
    The end of cancer treatment does not mean the end of seeing your cancer care team. Read more about some things you can do, and other things you should know to help manage your healthcare after cancer.
  • Source: American Cancer Society
    When cancer treatment ends, people begin a new chapter in their lives. Each person has his or her own way of coping and learning to manage emotions.
  • Source: National Cancer Institute
    When treatment ends, families may not realize that recovery takes time. Get more information from the NCI about common challenges that survivors and their families may face.
  • Source: CancerCare
    The end of treatment can bring a sense of relief, accomplishment, and joy, along with complex feelings about your journey. Find out more about the emotional effects of cancer treatment that you may not have had a chance to consider until after you finished treatment.
  • Source: CancerCare
    For cancer survivors, fear of recurrence (the cancer returning) is a common concern. There are many ways in which you can manage it in order to live a full and meaningful life.
  • Source: CancerCare
    A survivorship care plan is a very important part of follow-up care for everyone who completes treatment for cancer. It can help you work effectively with your healthcare team. Using these checklists can help you better manage your follow-up care.

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