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When Survival Isn’t Enough

by Samman Shahpar, MD

Whether you have been newly diagnosed with cancer or have completed treatment, the recovery process is about achiev­ing your highest potential, which not only includes survival but also main­taining function.

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The Art of Living in the Present

by Katherine Easton, LCSW, OSW-C

Living with cancer often defines how we view not only our lives and our health but also our future. To focus on the future is natural for all of us, as we plan and organize our thoughts and actions about what will happen tomorrow, next week, next month, or even years from now. How­ever, people living with cancer may find themselves constantly worried about their future.

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Learning to Advocate for Yourself

by Irene Goss-Werner, MSW, LICSW

Communicating your needs when you have cancer may seem straightforward, but for many people, self-advocacy can be daunting. However, once you learn some basic self-advocacy skills, you’ll find that communicating your needs to your medical team, partner, family, friends, or colleagues will allow others to be involved in your care in the ways you want them to be. By using the follow­ing purposeful, thoughtful approaches to communication, you’ll be better able to let others know what is and is not helpful, while enabling yourself to set limits and more easily express your concerns.

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10 Ways to Find Meaning through Cancer

by Wendy G. Lichtenthal, PhD

Following a cancer diagnosis, many individuals report that their desire to live authentic and meaningful lives is heightened. Yet survivors often struggle with an altered sense of identity and meaning, feeling different and discon­nected. While not everyone with cancer has these types of concerns, it’s important to develop a toolbox that you can tap into as needed. If you are living with cancer, here are 10 ways to find meaning in your illness and in your life.

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Working through Cancer

Returning to the workplace after cancer can be both rewarding and challenging. Here, experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offer tips to help cancer survivors make a smooth transition as they return to work.

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Cancer Rehabilitation

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.

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Living Your Best Life after Cancer

by Judith E. Pierson, EdD

Only you can know what living well or living your best life means to you. But two key tools can help you discover and shape your vision – being real with yourself and being real with others.

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Cancer Doesn’t End When Treatment Does

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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