Q: What exactly is survivorship?
A: Surviving cancer can mean many things.
A survivor can be...
- someone who is free from disease after completing treatment
- someone who is living with cancer
- someone who is going through cancer treatment to manage the disease or reduce risk of the cancer returning
- family, friends and caregivers who have been affected by your diagnosis
Some people will consider themselves and loved ones survivors when they have finished active treatment. Though this can be an exciting time, it may also cause stress and worry.
Life will be forever changed after a battle with cancer. It will take time, but you will adjust to a new normal. Your support system and care team can make the transition easier. Remember: You are a survivor.