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Survivorship

Survivorship
During cancer treatment, adolescents and young adults may focus all of their energy on getting through treatment. Some may not have spent much time talking or thinking about life after cancer treatment. It's normal to have questions about returning to work or school and managing relationships. Life after treatment often presents a new set of challenges.

Going forward, it's important to have follow-up care visits, which can help prevent or detect any problems due to cancer or its treatment. Follow-up care can help assure that emotional issues and concerns are addressed. Talk with your doctor to learn more. Learn how others have handled life after treatment is completed. 

On this page:
Guidelines and Follow-up Care
Interviews and Stories
Resources

Guidelines and Follow-up Care

Interviews and Stories

  • Many Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers Have Chronic Health Problems, Unhealthy Behaviors

    A 2012 study showed that people who’d had cancer as adolescents and young adults were more likely to be current smokers, be obese, have various chronic conditions, be disabled, and have poor mental and physical health. The findings highlight the importance of addressing the special needs and concerns of this population.

  • For Many Young Cancer Survivors, Late Effects Pose Lasting Problems

    Many survivors of adolescent and young adult cancers are unaware of or underestimate their heightened risk for late health effects. Efforts are underway to raise awareness and increase monitoring and surveillance.

  • Survivor Interviews

    The Lance Armstrong Foundation's Survivor Interviews provide different perspectives on how survivors addressed various issues and concerns raised while living with cancer. Find personal stories from young adults and people in other age groups.

Resources

  • Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment

    Covers both the physical and emotional post-treatment issues for cancer survivors.

  • Facing Forward: Making a Difference in Cancer

    Covers the different ways of volunteering or becoming involved in cancer-related activities.

  • Scholarships

    There are many scholarships available for adolescents and young adults who want to return to school during or after cancer treatment, and also for children of a cancer patient or survivor or who lost a parent to cancer. Other scholarships are available for students pursuing careers in treating cancer.

  • The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study: An Overview

    Health problems that develop years later as a result of a cancer treatment are known as late effects. The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) was started in 1994 to better understand these late effects.