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Survivorship

Articles for those who have completed their cancer treatment.

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.

Women and sexuality after bladder cancer

Recovering sexuality after bladder cancer can be difficult for women. Daniela Wittmann, Ph.D., LMSW, CST, and LaShon Day, PA-C, from the University of Michigan Department of Urology, were featured in a series of four webinars on this topic, sponsored by the Bladder Cancer Awareness Network.

A New Lease on Life after Esophageal Cancer Treatment

Read Mike MacFarlane's story of his diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer. As part of his treatment, Mike had a transhiatal esophagectomy, which made the size of his stomach much smaller.

Life After Treatment

Although Suzanne Bosek was happy to finish her treatment for breast cancer, she felt unexpectedly sad and lost when the daily connection she'd had with her medical team came to an end. In addition, she had a persistent fear of her cancer coming back.

Quitting Matters

Smoking is the primary risk factor for developing bladder cancer. Bladder cancer patients who quit smoking have better cancer treatment outcomes.

Laws of Survivorship

All cancer patients look forward to the day when they are done with treatment and firmly a survivor. But for many, the experience of cancer -- both emotionally and physically -- lingers long after treatment ends.

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