Starting out, it’s understandable that you might feel overwhelmed when thinking about what comes next— what you’d like to do with family and friends, your responsibilities, and your future. There might even be times when you question what you can or should be doing as a cancer survivor, as well as what you should avoid. And, of course, you might be concerned about cancer recurrence.
There's more to being a cancer survivor than simply completing cancer treatment. Learn more about cancer survivorship with the following topics below.
At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC), we understand that transitioning from cancer patient to cancer survivor can be quite an adjustment.
During treatment, your RMCC cancer care team was there with you, making it much more convenient to ask questions about how you’re feeling and what’s normal. Now that treatment is over, these opportunities are less frequent, which could leave you feeling anxious as you adapt to what your new “normal” should feel like. If you start to feel different or have new side effects, we encourage you to reach out to your primary care physician or oncologist. We also encourage you to attend all of your follow-up appointments so we can keep an eye on both your mental and physical health.
Of course, the number one question on the minds of most every cancer survivor is: will my cancer come back? Unfortunately, there is no definite way of knowing this. Therefore, we hope you will focus less on the unknowns and more on practical concerns, such as:
Fortunately, there are many organizations and resources available to you and your family that can help you gain a better understanding about cancer survivorship:
Remember, you are not alone in your survivorship. We are here to help you prepare for this next chapter.
There are many organizations dedicated to supporting you as a cancer survivor by offering programs and retreats. Learn more by visiting their webpages below.