Cancer Survivorship

The American Cancer Society estimates that there are now more than 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States and that number is expected to grow to 18 million by the year 2022. As of 2013, there are an estimated 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the country. Many breast cancer survivors go into long-term remission, while others live with breast cancer as a chronic disease requiring ongoing treatment. A lot of breast cancer survivors lead normal lives with very few side effects. In fact, two-thirds of survivors report that cancer has not had a significant long-term impact on their lives.

Many women that have completed their cancer treatment have found that reaching the end of treatment does not necessarily mean that they are not in need of management of emotional or physical symptoms. Therefore, it is important that your cancer team continue to monitor your physical and emotional status and assist you in your health and well-being after cancer.

Some of the most common symptoms which affect breast cancer survivors include:

You should discuss any symptoms you are experiencing with your oncologist to learn about treatment options which are right for you.

Get answers to questions about diet and exercise after breast cancer treatment.

The current American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines for follow-up after breast cancer treatment can be found HERE. In addition, once you complete treatment it is important for you to keep a record of your own personal cancer treatment information. ASCO has published a Breast Cancer Treatment Summary and a personalized Survivorship Treatment Plan. Work with your doctors to help you record important information about your cancer treatment and outline your individual follow-up plan.

The Huntington Hospital Cancer Center provides ongoing care for our cancer survivors. Call to get more information about ongoing support groups, upcoming educational seminars, and updates regarding advances in breast cancer treatment and follow-up.

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