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Recommendations on Follow-up Care for Survivors


The good news is that there are 10 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. Advances in treatment and early detection have raised the cancer survivor rates considerably. The other news is that once treatment is over, these survivors may not be receiving the kind of life-long, individualized follow-up care they need.

The Institute of Medicine recently issued a report stating that people who have had cancer need long-term follow-up that addresses the physical, psychosocial and psychological consequences of having had cancer.

Cancer survivors are at risk of recurrence, so follow-up screening is extremely important. But maybe as important is the fear that comes along with being a survivor. And there are health effects from cancer and its treatment, such as mobility problems, nerve damage, memory problems, discrimination from employers and financial problems due to costly treatment.

If you are a cancer survivor, now more than ever is the time to take an active role in your care. Be sure to get the following information from your oncologist, primary care doctor, social worker or other member of your care team:

  • Guidelines for detecting a recurrence of the cancer or new cancer
  • Long-term consequences of your treatment
  • Local services that provide information about psychosocial care and legal protection

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