Cancer Survivorship

Because of earlier detection, better treatments, and the support of family and friends, there are now more than 10 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents about 3.6% of the population. Continued improvements in the detection and successful treatment of cancer will lead to even better survival for individuals who are diagnosed with cancer.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that every cancer patient have access to treatment summaries and survivorship care plans as a way to improve the coordination of care for cancer survivors. At Gwinnett Medical Center, we are here to provide you with the resources you need to recover from the social and emotional challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, and provide your health care providers with the information they need to better care for you after your cancer treatment ends.

Survivorship Tools:

Web Resources:

Fear of Recurrence Resources:

  • Living with Uncertainty: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence
    American Cancer Society
    www.cancer.org 800-227-2345 (800-ACS-2345)
    Most cancer survivors are concerned about their cancer coming back. The fear of recurrence is a normal fear. ACS addresses some common questions and concerns people may have when thinking about their cancer returning.
  • Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment
    National Cancer Institute
    www.cancer.gov 800-422-6237 (800-4-CANCER)
    As part of the Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment, the National Cancer Institute provides information to cancer survivors about the range of emotions that survivors may experience and offers strategies to assist them.
    Financial Resources

Late and Long-Term Effects of Cancer and Cancer Treatment:

  • Late Effects
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
    www.asco.org 571-483-1300
    The American Society of Clinical Oncology provides information approved by its editorial board on the types of late effects, screening for late effects, long-term follow-up care, and questions that survivors can ask the doctor about late effects.
  • Post-Treatment Survivor Resources
    CancerCare
    www.cancercare.org 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)
    CancerCare offers the supportive services for survivors post-treatment and their loved ones. Services are free and provided in both English and Spanish. Services include counseling, support groups, education workshops, publications, and limited financial assistance.

Nutrition Resources:

  • Nutrition for People with Cancer
    American Cancer Society
    www.cancer.org 800-227-2345 (800-ACS-2345)
    Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Eating the right kinds of foods during and after treatment can help survivors feel better and stay stronger. Learn more about the importance of good nutrition during and after cancer treatment.
  • American Cancer Society’s Dietitian on Call Program (In limited service areas and by telephone only)
    American Cancer Society
    www.cancer.org 800-227-2345 (800-ACS-2345)
    Provides survivors, their caregivers and health care professionals with information and support regarding nutrition-related issues. Registered dietitians provide free nutrition counseling and assistance with nutrition-related questions.

Physical Activity Resources:

  • Get Active—Be Healthy After Treatment
    American Cancer Society
    www.cancer.org 800-227-2345 (800-ACS-2345)
    Being active is an important part of staying healthy, regardless of age. It may also lower risk for certain types of cancer. Get suggestions to help get and stay active.
  • Physical Activity: Suggestions and Tips
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
    www.asco.org 888-651-3038
    Regular physical activity not only helps lower risk of cancer, but it may also improve quality of life, mood, and other side effects of cancer and cancer treatment for people with cancer and cancer survivors.