NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
Moving beyond treatment
What is a survivorship care plan?
Many large cancer centers offer survivorship
programs to help people make the transition from
patient to survivor. If your treatment center is one
of them, take advantage of as many survivorship
resources as possible.
Being a cancer survivor can add new layers of
complexity to your personal life and relationships. You
may question who to tell about your history, how much
they need to know, and when you should tell them.
People may not realize how long it can take to recover
from the effects of cancer treatment. Survivors may
take on too much. Friends and family may not realize
their support is still needed. Romantic partners may
have trouble adjusting to sex after cancer.
Surviving cancer can also give you a whole new point
of view on life and what you want from it. You may find
new ways to take advantage of what life brings your
way or set new goals for your future.
Problems with concentration and memory can make
it hard to get back to your school life. If you continue
to experience chemobrain, try cutting back on your
course load and scheduling more time to study and to
complete assignments. If any treatment-related side
effects are making it hard to keep up, let your doctors
Neuropsychological testing can identify your limits,
and your doctors can work with your school to
create a plan to help with them as much as possible.
You can also talk with your teachers/professors or
school counselor about changing your schedule and
If you’re facing financial challenges, consider applying
for some of the many scholarships and grants that are
available to students who are cancer survivors. Learn
about the SAMFund Support for Young Adult Cancer
. You can find a list
of cancer-related scholarships on the website FinAid!
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid™ atwww.finaid.org/scholarships/cancer.phtml .
Cancer survivors can still be productive in the work
place. You may worry about what others think of you
returning to work. It’s even possible that you have
some concern about how you’ll cope when going back
to full-time work.
If you were able to keep working during your
treatment, the transition may come easily. If you’re
moving into a new job or will be working with people
who don’t know about your illness, keep in mind that
you have no legal obligation to talk about your cancer
history unless it directly effects your work.