News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center August 2008 – Issue 37
Surviving Cancer Over the past several years, the number of people surviving cancer has increased. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 66 percent of those with cancer survive for at least five years after their diagnosis. Although the disease has been treated, survivors and family members face physical, emotional, social, and financial issues that they will deal with for years to come.
Frequently, the issues surrounding survivorship require professional help and a strong support network, just like the disease itself. A strong follow-up plan can provide focus for the survivor and family. Below are some tips to help cancer patients live beyond their cancer.
• Talk to your health care team about ongoing prevention and screening steps you should take. Find out about special nutritional needs and fitness activities that can help you to look and feel your best.
• Understand your rights in relation to your employment and financial obligations. Do not allow yourself to be discriminated against or harassed because of your medical history.
• Care for your emotional and spiritual self. Take some time to construct meaning from your experience through journaling, participating in research, and getting involved in your
The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) is a free resource library on the first floor of
Huntsman Cancer Institute
801-581-6365 • 1-888-424-2100 huntsmancancer.org/clc
community. Take some time to explore your emotions and do not be shy about seeking help for stress and anxiety.
• Reconnect with your family, friends, and co-workers. Rebuild relationships that may have dimmed since your treatment started. Invite friends to participate in activities and events to help you become reacquainted.
2008 Utah Survivorship Day Conference
Saturday, August 23, 2008 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission
Keynote speaker Scott Burton
Workshops — Family activities Register at ucan.cc/regsummit
For more information, call Richard at 801-487-7844 or toll free at 1-888-556-2737
FROM THE CLC Books
From Cancer Patient To Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition National Research Council
Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor’s Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins Marisa C. Weiss
100 Questions & Answers About Life After Cancer: A Survivor’s Guide Page Tolbert
Dietary Options for Cancer Survivors Glen Weldon
Celebrating A Second Chance At Life
Lost—Celebrating the Journey: The spirit of cancer survivors
LIVESTRONG: Inspirational stories from cancer survivors
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