Life After Cancer
Renown Health works closely with patients to help them live with, through and beyond cancer.
Here are some tips from our cancer survivorship program:
Keep in touch with your Nurse Navigator
Your Cancer Nurse Navigator
will give you personalized information based on your diagnosis and treatment to assure the best transition to a healthy, active and happy life.
Get regular checkups
In general, people who have been treated for cancer return regularly to the doctor every three to four months at first, and once or twice a year later on. Ask your doctor how often you should be rechecked.
Get tested as needed
Your doctor will tell you how often you should have tests to detect breast cancer and colon cancer. With early detection, these cancers often can be controlled.
Pay attention to your body
Be alert to signs of a possible return of cancer and longer-term effects of treatment you may have had. Ask your doctor to explain what symptoms should be watched.
Maintain good health
A good diet, ample sleep and regular exercise will help you feel better.
Manage your healthcare
Keep track of your medical history and be proactive.
Do things you enjoy
Even if you don't feel perfect, anything that lifts your spirits can be a powerful tool for your health.
Join a survivor group
There are organizations that can help get information on homemaker services, home health services, seminars and classes, and other community aid.
You may find the years after diagnosis to be challenging. Seeking out other survivors with similar experiences might be helpful.
"Self-advocacy" is the practice of taking charge despite overwhelming circumstances or events, like a cancer diagnosis. Arm yourself with good information, find support resources, ask questions, and take time to listen. Hearing stories from others who are fighting cancer can be encouraging and empowering.