Today is World Cancer Day, an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer and its impact on local communities all over the globe.
This year’s theme is “Not Beyond Us.” This tagline can be interpreted and applied in a few different ways. One idea that came to my mind is the impact that cancer continues to have even after a person is finished with treatment. Life doesn’t just go back to normal. Cancer survivors are often faced with challenges even after they’ve been declared cancer-free.
Many worry about the possibility of recurrence—they’ve even coined the term “scanxiety” to describe the emotions leading up to follow-up tests, such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Many cancer survivors also experience long-term side effects of cancer and its treatments, such as neuropathy or chronic pain.
If you have completed cancer treatment and are experiencing challenges adjusting to life after cancer, the Cancer Support Community’s Helpline at 888-793-9355 is a good place to start to get support. You can also learn more about cancer survivorship on our website.
The Cancer Experience Registry is also a great opportunity to give back to others going through cancer by sharing your experiences. You do not have to be finished with treatment in order to join.
With nearly 14 million cancer survivors living in the U.S., chances are you probably know someone who has had cancer. This World Cancer Day, take a moment to learn how you can support yourself or someone you know, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #NotBeyondUs.