Sujuan_Ba.jpgAs a continued testament to the investment in cancer research, it is estimated that there are over 24.6 million cancer survivors worldwide.  These survivors are living proof that our mission to improve cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment is saving lives.  Yet, for cancer survivors and their families, the effects of cancer last long after treatments are over.

Everyday, cancer survivors face on-going and new challenges, some of which include mixed emotions that surface after surviving the disease.  These emotions range from fear of recurrence to uncertainty to distress, all of which may resurface at any time. 

Health professionals define these feelings as normal.  They stress that identifying and understanding is one of the first steps to cope and manage the emotions.  It is also important to monitor the frequency, intensity and duration of these emotions to help determine if they are becoming abnormal, in case additional aid is needed from an outside source, such as a friend, family member or even a mental health professional.

If you or a loved one is a cancer survivor, take these steps to help cope with life after cancer:

  • Continue to keep a close relationship with your health care team to help minimize future health complications and emotional stress.
  • Find a local counselor or support group to share feelings.
  • Stay informed on the various emotional effects of cancer aftermath and ways to better well-being, through informational resources and organizations.
  • Get involved in cancer advocacy, fundraising, and research to give yourself a sense of giving back to those who are fighting cancer.