You’re a cancer survivor—what’s next for you?
You know because you’ve experienced it: Cancer survivors still require a host of services. Bayhealth Cancer Institute's Survivorship Program includes a nurse navigator who helps manage any late treatment side effects and coordinates doctor’s visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pain management and screenings to ensure patients remain cancer free. You probably have questions, too, about what may be ahead for you and how to deal with it. You want to get back to your life. And we’re here to help.
Our goal with the Survivorship Program is to help patients take control of their own future health and wellbeing and to enjoy full and productive lives after their treatment is complete.
Ten things to help as a cancer survivor
- Know that you are not alone—there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States.
- Eat well—nutrition should still be a key focus since the right foods will help you feel good and stay strong.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Keep moving—activity helps to continue your recovery.
- Don’t use tobacco.
- Keep your doctor’s appointments.
- Turn to resources like the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center, the American Cancer Society, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Cancer Support Community and others for research.
- If emotions are becoming difficult to handle, seek help from a professional to work it out.
- Move on! It’s stressful and exciting to finish treatment but it’s time to think about your future.
- Be inspired and inspire others—think about helping others who have been diagnosed through their journey by volunteering your time for a support group or other activity.