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What is survivorship?

Someone who has had cancer is often called a cancer survivor, and the term “co-survivor” is often used to describe a person who has cared for a loved one with cancer. There are millions and millions of cancer survivors across the globe, and most of them share a common experience: life is different after cancer.

This can be positive or negative, and is often a mixture of both. The process of fighting cancer is a lengthy and frightening one that can be traumatic, and it’s very normal to feel ‘different’ afterwards. But what does ‘different’ mean? Lets look at survivorship, and how to navigate life post-cancer.


Understanding survivorship

Cancer survivorship has 2 common meanings – having no signs of cancer once you’ve finished treatment; and living with, through, and beyond cancer. This means that cancer survivorship starts at a person’s diagnosis, and includes people who receive treatment over a longer period of time.

Navigating life after cancer

It can be difficult to adjust to life again after you have lived with cancer. Get help with navigating your new normal.

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Resources for your life after cancer

Find help adjusting to a new ‘normal’ after cancer treatment.  

A new normal

Adjusting to physical and emotional changes after cancer treatment and tips on coping with fear of recurrence.

Follow-up medical care & talking to your doctor

Once you’ve finished your cancer treatment, you will receive a follow-up cancer care plan.

Services to think about

Cancer and cancer treatment can have a profound effect on you and your loved ones, but there are services available that can help you move forward after such a trying time.

Ways to manage physical changes

Many survivors find that after treatment they still cope with side effects on their body. These can take time to get over. You may feel anxious, or worry about how your body should feel during this time and what are signs that cancer is coming back.

Your feelings

Cancer treatment has considerable effects on the body, but it can also deeply affect how you feel, think, and live. It’s normal to have lots of new, different, and sometimes feelings after your treatment ends. It’s important to take good care of your emotions and mental health, as well as your body.

Social and work relationship

Going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment journey can shift the relationships in your life. It’s not unusual to notice a difference in how you relate...

Further information

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