Living Beyond Cancer
Cancer Survival Toolbox® Special Topics
Cancer survivorship is a day-to-day, ongoing process that begins with your diagnosis and continues through the rest of your life. Living Beyond Cancer discusses a number of important issues that are specific to life beyond the diagnosis and initial treatment of cancer.
Surviving cancer is more complicated than simply being sick or well, having cancer or being cancer free. Instead, it is a continual process that is constantly changing. There may be times when the joy you feel about survival far outweighs any anxieties you may have. Then, there will be times when your fears and uncertainties seem to take over your life, and you wonder if you will ever feel normal again.
This program will introduce you to skills to help you adapt to your life after cancer. The goal is to help you, a cancer survivor, be as healthy as possible within your personal circumstances. After listening to this Toolbox program, you will better understand:
- Common physical effects of cancer and its treatment, and what kind of medical records you need to keep to maintain a personal health history
- How to address concerns about sexuality and fertility
- How to support family relationships that may have changed during treatment
- The emotional aspects of cancer, including anxiety, depression, grief, and distress
- Health directives, wills and trusts, power of attorney, and financial planning
- How to live with hope while dealing with uncertainty
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- Living with the After Effects
- Intimacy and Sexuality
- Emotional Aspects of Cancer
- Getting Your House in Order
- Living with Hope
Other Ways to Listen
Journey Forward offers an electronic Medical History Builder where patients can record their health history in a format that makes changes easy and avoids the need to fill out medical history forms repeatedly. My Care Plan is a complimentary patient-oriented tool that captures and delivers the individualized information patients, their primary care providers, and other healthcare professionals need to ensure effective survivorship care.
Find more helpful resources in the searchable NCCS Resource Guide