Georgia's Online Cancer Information Center

Symptom Management for Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors often experience a range of symptoms, many of which can be challenging to manage throughout their survivorship journey. Some long-term and late effects of cancer and its treatment include mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or fear of recurrence; physical concerns like a possible second cancer, fatigue, lymphedema, neuropathy or sexual dysfunction; and other common issues like cognitive dysfunction or “chemobrain” as a result of chemotherapy. Extensive research by the LIVESTRONG Foundation highlights these common issues among cancer survivors.

Survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) and Treatment Summaries (TSs) are important tools for cancer survivors. SCPs and TSs offer a summary of your unique cancer treatment and a course of action for future healthcare providers handling your care. Information in SCPs and TSs can empower both you and your healthcare provider in order to ensure you receive the best possible care beyond your active cancer treatment. Several templates for SCPs and TSs currently exist, including Journey Forward, LIVESTRONG Care Plan, OncoLife Survivorship Care Plan and the ASCO Treatment Summaries and Survivorship Care Plans.

It is important to remember that these post-treatment symptoms are common among cancer survivors, and that it is best to ask for assistance from healthcare professionals, family members, and friends in order to minimize the burden caused by such symptoms. There is also an abundance of information available online from reputable organizations like the LIVESTRONG Foundation, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship that can help you address ongoing symptoms from your cancer treatment.

Videos

Chemo-Brain with Dr. Jerry Fain

Articles

Heart Health After Cancer (Forbes 02/23/2015)

Resources

American Lung Association

CANCERcare

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

Piedmont Cancer Wellness Without Walls

TurningPoint

Cancer Support Community

For Survivors

Cancer Survivorship Connection

Visit the Learning to Live Log by one of our featured survivors, Rebecca Palpant Shimkets

Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is a two-time cancer survivor with an over two-decade career in mental health specializing in media depictions of mental illnesses and building programs in the U.S. and internationally. The LLL is a beautifully written, bi-weekly email that explores mental health and post-treatment cancer survivorship.

9/19/2019

Georgia CORE

 

Hearts and Minds Dedicated to Improving Cancer Care

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among the state’s cancer organizations and institutions to connect more Georgians to quality, personalized cancer care. We welcome you to this one-of-a-kind online information center for all things related to cancer and survivorship care in Georgia.