Every cancer patient wants to successfully complete active treatment . Thanks to improved treatments and use of cancer screening programs (which can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable), this goal is being reached more frequently than ever.
But to get the most out of treatment there is more you can do. A proactive approach to care for cancer survivors has developed over the last few years. This includes traditional follow up looking for any signs the original cancer has come back. It also includes active management of any lingering side effects of treatment, testing for new cancers, and addressing psychological and social problems that may develop or persist after treatment. This approach is intended to give you the greatest benefit from your treatment so you can live longer, and better. [more]
Good communication matters
The key to successful care of cancer survivors is effective communication. Communication between you and your health care team, as well as between you and your family and caregivers is critically important to making sure you’re getting good, complete care.
A vital part of this communication is a clear understanding about who is responsible for each part of your long-term care.… Continue reading →