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Life After Cancer Treatment

Getting Back to Your Daily Routines and Activities

Common Concerns

While you may be relieved to be done with treatment, you may feel disconnected, alone, or worried. There may be new medical needs and difficult changes as you transition back to your daily life. While everyone is different, the following are some common concerns:

  • Ongoing fatigue or feeling worn-out for up to a year or more
  • Depression, anxiety and worry about such things as health, finances, or returning to work
  • Changes in your thinking such as trouble concentrating or forgetting things
  • Physical changes to your body that make some daily activities difficult

After Treatment Visit and Survivorship Care Plan

Once your active cancer treatment has ended, you may be scheduled for a visit with a member of your cancer care team to learn about the plan for your ongoing care and discuss any remaining concerns or issues you may have. You will receive a summary of your follow-up plan, usually called a Survivorship Care Plan. Keep this for your records and share it with your primary care provider. The visit usually includes a conversation about:

  • The plan for your follow-up care, including a schedule for future office visits and tests
  • A plan to manage any ongoing symptoms
  • Possible side effects from your cancer treatment that might happen in the future
  • Referrals to specialists to help with specific concerns, if needed
  • Living a healthy lifestyle to help reduce your future cancer risk and to feel as well as possible
  • Other support services that can help address some of the needs that arise after treatment

Support Services

There are specialists who can address some of the needs that arise after treatment ends. Ask your provider about services that might be right for you.

  • Social Workers: can help you cope with stress, as well as other concerns such as returning to work or talking with family
  • Dietitians: offer information about the best foods to improve your overall health
  • Financial counselors: answer questions about bills and help find resources
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists: help with things like chronic pain, mobility, dressing and other functions such as swallowing and speaking

More Information

There are lots of places to get helpful information as you transition to life after cancer treatment. Below are some reliable and accurate resources. Before making any changes however, always discuss any information you find with your provider.

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