You've battled cancer and won! Now, it's time for you and your loved ones to adjust to a life after cancer.
Starting your journey as a cancer survivor can cause mixed feelings — fear, joy, doubt.
You may have questions about where to find support and how to live a full, happy life after cancer treatment.
The Cancer LiveWell Survivorship Program is here to help. We've provided these trusted web resources to assist you on your survivorship journey.
Online Cancer Survivorship Support
- Survivorship from the American Cancer Society (ACS) — Find tools and support for cancer survivors during and after treatment. The ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization working to wipe out cancer as a major health problem.
- LIVESTRONG — LIVESTRONG, through the Lance Armstrong Foundation, guides people through and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
- National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS) — The OCS conducts and supports research on the long- and short-term physical, psychological, social, and economic effects of cancer and its treatment among childhood and adult survivors.
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) — The NCCS is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy group in the country. They empower cancer survivors and believe in using evidence to advocate for quality cancer care for all Americans.
- Cancer.net: Survivorship — Cancer.net provides oncologist-approved information for cancer survivors and their loved ones.
Watch this ACS video series on coping with post-treatment challenges. Get inspiration from other survivors on how to cope with the physical and emotional challenges that come during cancer treatment and beyond.
Resources for Survivors from UPMC CancerCente
Support and Education
- Gumberg Family Resource Center.
- Nutrition Services at UPMC.
- Learn About Cancer: UPMC Health Library.
More Online Cancer Support
Basic Cancer and Patient Learning Resources
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) — NCI is the nation's leader in cancer research. They also support programs on cancer treatment, rehab, and care of cancer patients and their families.
- UpToDate Patient Information — UpToDate offers basic and “beyond the basics” patient education to meet the diverse needs of cancer patients.
- Cancer Types — The American Cancer Society explains symptoms, risks, and more for each cancer type.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Patient Guides — The NCCN has cancer patient and caregiver resources with state-of-the-art treatment information.
- Cancer Support for Patients and Caregivers — LIVESTRONG offers articles, videos, and many other cancer support resources.
- After Treatment Cancer Support — LIVESTRONG explains how to prepare yourself for common emotional and physical effects after cancer treatment ends.
Cancer and Your Job
- Job Issues During Cancer Treatment — LIVESTRONG provides support on how to manage your life during cancer treatment.
- Be The Boss Over Cancer — CancersAndCareers.org offers advice, tools, and events to help you thrive in your job while having cancer.
Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancers
- Susan G. Komen Foundation — This group works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world.
- What Breast Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Osteoporosis — The National Institutes of Health provides bone health facts for breast cancer survivors.
- Foundation for Women's Cancer — Find detailed information from gynecologic cancer experts about risks, prevention, early detection, and treatments on ovarian, cervical, and other women's cancers.
- National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) — The NOCC is your source for ovarian cancer medical information, news, and more.
Cancer Symptoms and Side Effects
- Cancer Signs and Symptoms — The American Cancer Society (ACS) explains basic cancer signs and symptoms.
- The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment — LIVESTRONG explains ways to express your feelings about the side effects of cancer treatment so you can get the support you need.
- Physical Side Effects of Cancer Treatment — The ACS offers details about the many physical side effects that cancer treatments can cause.
- Emotional Side Effects of Cancer Treatment — The ACS outlines the types of feelings people often have during and after cancer treatment.
- Long-Term Side Effects of Cancer Treatment — Cancer.net explains the long-term side effects of cancer treatment.
Paying for Cancer Treatment
- Insurance and Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment — LIVESTRONG guides you through your options for paying for cancer care.
- Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) — CFAC provides resources for specific cancer diagnoses and types of financial help.
- Fertility after Cancer — LIVESTRONG provides fertility information for both men and women who want to become parents after cancer.
Nutrition and Exercise
- Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention — The American Cancer Society offers details on diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes that can help prevent cancer.
- Reducing Sedentary Behaviors — The American College of Sports Medicine provides tips for sitting less and moving more.
- Exercise for Strong Bones — The National Osteoporosis Foundation describes the two types of exercise vital for building and maintaining bone density.
- Exercise for Your Bone Health — The National Institutes of Health provides tips on the best bone building exercises.