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Approaching the End of Active Treatment

by Lidia Schapira, MD

Approaching the end of “active” cancer treatment is typically viewed with both relief and worry. Family members and friends often expect survivors to snap back into pre-cancer mode, but rarely do survivors find the energy or drive to do so. In fact, many face the transition to “survivorship” with mixed emotions.

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Rebalancing Your Life

by Deborah Leoni

The reason this topic caught your eye is because at some level something feels “out of whack” for you, right? It’s time for you to rebalance. Rebalance means to restore balance or equilibrium to something.

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Getting Back to Work after Cancer

Once your cancer treatment is complete or nearing comple­tion and you’ve been cleared to return to work, at least part time, more challenges await. Here are some suggestions for smoothing the transi­tion from “person with cancer” back to valued employee.

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Cancer and Fertility – Young Women Speak Up

Many more adolescents and young adults are surviving their disease, resulting in a substantial and growing number of female cancer survivors of reproductive age. Young cancer survivors are less likely to have biological children than non-cancer survivors, mainly due to the effects of cancer treatments on future fertility.

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Surviving the Holidays while Surviving Cancer

by Melissa Minkley, MSW

It was a week before Christmas and I was visiting with my sister who had completed her last radiation treatment for breast cancer earlier that day. As she pointed to a stack of plastic bins filled with Christmas decorations, she sighed and said, “I feel so bad, I’m not up to putting them out this year.”

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ASCO Booklet Helps Cancer Survivors Transition to Life after Treatment

With more patients surviving cancer than ever before, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a new publication to help patients adjust to life after active cancer treatment. The free booklet, based on oncologist-approved content from ASCO’s patient information website, Cancer.Net, helps people understand what to expect as treatment is completed, explains common challenges faced by survivors, and offers suggestions for next steps following treatment.

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Delivering Hope

by Pamela MacPhee

My cousin, Henry, and his wife, Lauren, are lucky. Diagnosed with cancer at 29, Lauren found a skilled oncologist who not only prescribed surgery and radiation treatment that saved her life, but also suggested she submit to an egg-retrieval procedure before treatment to preserve her fertility options.

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Making the Transition

by Patrice Rancour, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC

You have just finished your last chemotherapy or radia­tion treatment. Your doctor has given you the “all clear” signal. You are now ready for take-off, back into the mainstream of life. Then why do you feel so unprepared? Haven’t you been waiting for this day for months? So where did all this glum­ness come from?

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