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Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care

Survivorship - Living With and Beyond Cancer

Life and health after a cancer diagnosis and once treatment is over.

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Key statistics about cancer survivorship from the SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2010.

On this page:
Life After Cancer
Follow-up Care
Cancer Information Summaries on Specific Survivorship Topics
Statistics
Post-treatment Studies
NCI Offices

Life After Cancer

Follow-up Care

  • Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment
    A fact sheet that provides information about follow-up medical care for patients who have completed cancer treatment.
  • Journey Forward: Guiding Survivors as They Move Ahead
    The Journey Forward program helps survivors transition to life after cancer through the use of treatment summaries and follow-up care plans that include steps for follow-up care and monitoring. Journey Forward's custom-made Survivorship Care Plan Builder is available to any oncologist, and the electronic Medical History Builder allows patients to easily record their own health history.

Cancer Information Summaries on Specific Survivorship Topics

  • Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Cancer (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the health problems that continue or appear after cancer treatment has ended.
  • Smoking in Cancer Care (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the influence of continued smoking on cancer treatment and risk of second cancers. Interventions to encourage smoking cessation are also discussed.
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about post-traumatic stress disorder in cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their family members. Assessment and treatment of this disorder are discussed.

Statistics

  • Number of Cancer Survivors Grows
    The number of cancer survivors in the United States increased to 11.7 million in 2007, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. There were 3 million cancer survivors in 1971 and 9.8 million in 2001.
  • New Malignancies Among Cancer Survivors: SEER Cancer Registries, 1973-2000
    This monograph describes and quantifies the risk of developing new malignancies among more than 2 million cancer survivors for the period 1973 to 2000.

Post-treatment Studies

  • 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.

NCI Offices