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Survivorship

Articles for those who have completed their cancer treatment.

Sarcoma survivor thrives with comprehensive health care

For Nicole Ver Kuilen, cancer was largely in the past. The 34 year-old from Minnesota lost her leg at age 10 to a rare bone cancer called osteosarcoma. A runner and athlete, she had grown accustomed to living with a prosthetic leg, but was surprised to learn of her risk for other health problems as a result of her treatment all those years ago.

Lights Camera Action

William McCallum is living with stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer. This diagnosis is not easy to live with. Most days McCallum feels well enough that he doesn't think much about having cancer. After deciding to put his faith in his doctors, he aims not to worry. Acting in films for Rebel Pictures -- with his son, Michael -- has been both a welcome distraction and a creative outlet.

Breast Cancer Survivor Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

Kelly Luck discovered the importance of setting goals. Her goal: to climb Mout Kilimanjaro, gave her the motivation to get through her breast cancer treatment and emerge stronger than ever.

Living Well With Metastatic Breast Cancer

When Heather Jose was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, she set a goal: Live to see her 14-month-old daughter go to kindergarten. That day came and went long ago; in fact, she recently saw daughter Sydney off to her sophomore year of college. Jose wants people to know that living with advanced cancer is possible, and more women will have the chance as treatment options expand.

Childhood and Young Adult Cancer Survivors and Sex

When an adolescent or young adult undergoes cancer treatment, the goal is to become cancer-free and move on to live a healthy, productive life. But after treatment ends, it’s not always so simple. A new study looked at issues related to sexual functioning in young adults treated for cancer and found both men and women reported difficulties related to sex for up to two years after diagnosis

Listen to Your Symptoms

Janet Schuler doesn’t buy into the belief that ovarian cancer is a silent killer, with quiet symptoms that don’t speak up until it’s so advanced that a cure is not possible. Symptoms of ovarian cancer do speak -- she just doesn't think we know how to listen.

Personal Growth After Cancer

Jeff Smith's prostate cancer diagnosis changed his perspective on life. After his treatment ended, he decided to leave behind all of those aspects of his life he didn’t love and start a new journey based on human connections.

The Transition From Patient to Survivor

The transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor is an occasion to celebrate, but also comes with questions and uncertainty. As more patients survive cancer, the health care field faces a new challenge: How to best manage the ongoing care of cancer survivors.

Prostate Cancer Patient Documents His Treatment

Faced with 42 days of radiation therapy to treat his prostate cancer, Rodney Dan Marolf decided on the very first visit to make the daunting process a little more personal.

Women’s sexual recovery after cancer

Sexual recovery during and after a women’s cancer diagnosis and treatment is as important as ensuring adequate nutrition, sleep and a healthy frame of mind. We spoke with Sallie Foley, LMSW, AASECT, co-author of "Sex Matters for Women," about sexual recovery after cancer for women who experience early menopause or menopause-like symptoms following cancer treatment.

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