Finding Balance in Your Life
by Michael D. Stubblefield, MD
There are nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. This number is expected to increase to nearly 18 million by the year 2020 thanks to better cancer screening and more effective treatments. However, the ever-increasing effectiveness of modern cancer therapies does not always translate into fewer side effects. The price of cure or prolonged cancer survival is often high.
by Morry Edwards, PhD
While many cancer survivors feel like celebrating after they “graduate” from cancer treatment, it can be a vulnerable time for some. The routine of going to the treatment center for scheduled chemo or radiation can be reassuring; it can make you feel like you’re actively doing something to fight your cancer. This vigilance and constant monitoring by your physician is comforting. But when you’re finished with active treatment and don’t require a follow-up appointment for several weeks or even months, you may feel neglected and defenseless. The transition from active treatment to survivorship can be scary. Here’s some practical advice to help you navigate your post-treatment life.
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