Life After Cancer
I’m in remission. What can I expect now?
Remission means your doctor has said you are cancer free or have “no evidence of disease.” It is crucial that you still get routine follow-up care. Regular visits for physical exams, blood studies and imaging are important for keeping tabs on your health. Like most cancers, early detection is key.
I’m living with metastatic breast cancer. What happens next?
It is pretty common for women with advanced breast cancer to change therapies often. In aggressive disease, tumors often stop responding to treatments. Every few months, you will have blood tests and imaging to see how the treatments are controlling your cancer growth. These tests will help you and your doctor decide if you should stay on your current treatment or try something new
How do I cope with the long-term side effects from treatment?
If you have side effects of treatment after you are in remission or cancer free, you are not alone. Depending on the treatment you’ve had, it can be normal for side effects to linger after your cancer treatment ends. Sometimes the side effects are emotional and social issues. Speak with your doctor about any side effects that are affecting you so that you can get the help you need.
How often should I be monitored?
Your doctor will probably want to see you every 3 to 6 months at first. The longer you are cancer free, the less often appointments are needed. After 5 years, you will typically only need to be checked once a year.
Where can I find support?
Cancer is both physically and emotionally trying for not only those with the disease but their loved ones as well. Local and online support groups, social workers, counselors, and clergy can be helpful during your journey.