NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
Getting back to a normal routine
after treatment takes time.
Part 8 gives you information on going from
treatment to survivorship care. Life can
change, but it is good to prepare for your
next steps and focus on your health.
Finishing treatment is a major milestone in your
cancer journey. It's a time to say goodbye to the
cycle of treatments and get back to normal or make
a new routine. But the “normal” of post-treatment life
may not be the same as life before your diagnosis.
Things can change, so it's helpful to find a routine that
works for you.
Some people have described survivorship as “being
disease free, but not free of disease.” As a cancer
survivor, you have a new perspective, new worries,
and new strengths that will influence every day of
your life. Adjusting to this “new normal” isn’t always
easy. Preparation and planning can help you make
the most of this next phase of the journey.
You will hear the term cancer survivor, a lot during
your journey. This section refers to the time after
treatment. In this phase you will be in follow-up care.
This care centers on checking your health at certain
time points like months or years after treatment.
These time points can be found in the NCCN clinical
guidelines for the treatment of specific cancers atwww.nccn.org
What happens after treatment?
During treatment, your treatment team, family, and
friends were likely a main source of information and
support. You’ll still need many of these supports as
you continue along the road of cancer survivorship.
After months of spending a lot of time with various
medical people, you may want to take a break from
doctors’ visits. That is understandable, but regular
follow-up is critical to protecting your long-term health.
Your doctor will probably want to check for a cancer
recurrence and other medical problems every 1–3
months for the first year or so. If all goes well, it may
change to once a year.
66 What happens after treatment?
68 What is a survivorship care plan?
71 Will the cancer come back?