Everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer is considered a survivor from that day forwardThe term “cancer survivor” means different things to different people. For the National Coalition of Cancer Survivors, everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer is considered a survivor from that day forward. People who are impacted by cancer -- family, friends and caregivers -- are also considered survivors.
At the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, our aim is to ease the transition that follows after active treatment ends. When you're in treatment, you long for the day when your treatment is finished. But for many, that day is less triumphant than they expected. Yes, you may be cancer free, but the worries are still there. And then there are the side effects: the fatigue, difficulty sleeping, maybe some changes in body image. They may linger, too.
There are three survivorship clinics currently available at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center:
As we work to create more individualized clinics, the goal of these pages is to provide information and support for anyone who is making the transition from active treatment to "survivor."