Who is a Cancer Survivor?

Survivorship means different things to different people. The National Cancer Institute’s booklet Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment, defines a “cancer survivor” in the following way:
“The term cancer survivor includes anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the rest of his or her life.”

Many other organizations consider “Cancer Survivors” to be: 

"People affected by the diagnosis, including family members, friends, and caregivers.”  (www.cdc.gov/cancer/survivorship )

You may not personally relate to the term “cancer survivor”—maybe “warrior” is more your speed, or nothing at all—but many use the term “survivor” to describe those who take an active and positive role in their own care. The fact is: the number of cancer survivors in this country is steadily climbing thanks to better diagnostic tools and treatments. There are now over 12 million cancer survivors living in the United States. That’s more than the population of New York City! 

In 2006, the Institutes of Medicine published a report called From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition. The title reflects the point of the report: cancer survivors have specific medical, physical and emotional needs and in many cases, those needs are not being met. The report concludes: “The transition from active treatment to post-­treatment care is critical to long­-term health.” 

The Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment program is designed to help you understand and take charge of your life after treatment in a way that promotes long-term health.

Read here to find the 10 Tips on how to be a Patient Active Survivor.  

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