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Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment

  • Updated: 05/16/2014

A Note About Cancer Survivors

There are almost 14 million people in the U.S. today who are cancer survivors. Three out of every four American families will have at least one family member diagnosed with cancer. To help support survivors' unique needs, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) formed the Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS) in 1996. The office is dedicated to enhancing the length and quality of life of people with cancer. OCS also promotes research that looks at the long and short-term effects of cancer and its treatment. For more information about survivorship issues and OCS, visit them online or call (301) 402-2964.


We would like to offer a sincere thank you to the extraordinary survivors who contributed to the development and review of the information presented here.

NCI extends a special thanks to the following researchers for their pivotal work in the area of cancer survivorship under NCI Grant No. CA63018. Facing Forward was adapted from materials used in the study, Moving Beyond Cancer.

  • Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., Professor, UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Division of Cancer Prevention & Control Research, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Beth Leedham, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, private practice, Encino, CA
  • Beth E. Meyerowitz, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

This information is also available online in Spanish (visit or call 1-800-4-CANCER). Este folleto también se puede obtener en español.