A variety of resources are available for cancer patients and their families and/or caregivers.
ASCO’s patient information website offers survivors a wide range of oncologist-approved information about adjusting to life after a cancer diagnosis and completion of treatment. Cancer.Net resources include:
- About Survivorship: An online starting point for patients and the public about concerns and challenges facing post-treatment survivors, including coping with late effects, managing fear of recurrence, making lifestyle changes, and many other topics.
- ASCO Answers Booklet: Cancer Survivorship: A workbook created for patients to help them prepare for life after a cancer treatment. Available free for PDF download or for purchase in the ASCO Store.
- ASCO Cancer Treatment Summaries and Survivorship Care Plans: Forms for patients and doctors to complete together, from ASCO’s Survivorship Committee.
- Video Series for Young Adults with Cancer: Offers video-based guidance for the AYA population on unique survivorship challenges for this age group. Produced in a collaboration with LIVESTRONG.
American Cancer Society
Find information about getting and staying healthy and active during and after cancer treatment, stories from other survivors, and dealing with the possibility of recurrence.
Cancer Support Community
Offers important information and resources to help individuals through the journey of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Listen.Learn.Act – Cancer Survival Toolbox
This free self-learning audio program is designed for patients and can be given to newly diagnosed patients as well as those transitioning off treatment. The program also includes a facilitator’s manual for providers.
LIVESTRONG Survivor Interviews
Hear firsthand accounts of the experiences of other men, women and caregivers. Includes over 200 individual stories detailing personal experiences with cancer and insights on pain management, fertility, fatigue, living with uncertainty, caring for a loved one with cancer and more.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Survivorship Center
The center offers programs designed for survivors, providing physical and emotional support. The website includes a series of videos of selected meetings, lectures, and discussions designed to assist in adjustment to life after cancer treatment.
National Cancer Institute
- Cancer Survivor Stories: Once treatment is over, cancer survivors cope with their new life in different ways. Here are some inspiring stories of survivors who took what they went through with cancer and turned it into something positive. Perhaps their stories will inspire you and offer hope that there is truly life after cancer.
- Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment: This publication covers post-treatment issues such as follow-up medical care, physical and emotional changes, changes in social relationships, and workplace issues.
- Facing Forward: When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment: Practical and supportive information to help caregivers cope with the shift in focus from treatment to recovery when caring for a loved one with cancer.
- Moving Beyond Breast Cancer Videos: Several breast cancer survivors discuss their journey and offer tips and advice to help cope with the challenges of recovery.
- Radiation Therapy and You: Late Radiation Therapy Side Effects: A section of the online booklet "Radiation Therapy and You."
STAR Survivorship Program
Offered through the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, the STAR (Survivors Taking Action & Responsibility) Program is a comprehensive long-term follow-up program for adult survivors of pediatric cancer that follows survivors through adulthood focusing on their special medical and psychological needs.
SurvivorLink™ is a website designed to help survivors of childhood cancer. Find information regarding late and long-term effects of cancer treatment, survivor care clinics, and insurance coverage facts.