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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017

8

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.

Life changes

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.

At school

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

know.

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

adjusting deadlines.

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

Survivors at

www.thesamfund.org

. You can find a list

of cancer-related scholarships on the website FinAid!

The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid™ at

www.finaid.org/scholarships/cancer.phtml .

At work

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.