Living Beyond Cancer

Cancer Survival Toolbox® Special Topics

Living Beyond Cancer ToolboxCancer 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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  1. Introduction
  2. Living with the After Effects
  3. Intimacy and Sexuality
  4. Communication
  5. Emotional Aspects of Cancer
  6. Getting Your House in Order
  7. Living with Hope

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Triage Cancer
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. Triage Cancer provides a myriad of online tools and resources, including written educational materials (e.g., Quick Guides, checklists, manuals, etc.), international, national, and state resources, a chart of state laws, and a series of animated videos.

Find more helpful resources in the searchable NCCS Resource Guide

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