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Cancer Survivorship

The end of cancer treatment is a time to celebrate, but it can also bring up many emotions and changes. Below are some helpful resources and tips.

Medical Care after Treatment

All cancer survivors need follow-up care and knowing what to expect can help you make plans. At the completion of your initial treatment, your Advanced Practice Provider (APP) will provide you with a Cancer Treatment Summary. This document is a record of your cancer and treatment history, and it will outline your follow-up care and other resources that may be helpful in the future.  It is important to be an active partner with your doctor and care team. If you have any concerns that arise, please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

In this Community Lecture, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Medical Oncologist Eric Bank reviews the general principles of care for cancer survivors, screening guidelines for new primary cancers, immune system effects and management of the long-term side effects of cancer treatment.


Healthy living is especially important for cancer survivors as research shows that making some lifestyle changes can help prevent recurrence or a second cancer. It is important to set achievable goals so that you can continue to progress in living a healthy lifestyle.

Managing stress is very important while recovering from a cancer treatment. Exercise, social activities, support groups, acupuncture, yoga, massage and relaxation techniques can provide you with tools to reduce stress. Spiritual support may also be a source of comfort.

Healthy Eating After Treatment

Eating well can help build back your strength and reduce risks for other health conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Experts recommend eating a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and unprocessed, low-fat foods.

Physical Activity After Treatment

Exercise is an important part of healthy living and can reduce anxiety and depression; improve heart health, and boost strength and endurance. Cancer survivors are recommended to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise (like walking) every week, and resistance training two or three days per week. Any movement is better than none, so start slow and build up your physical activity when you are ready.

Avoid Risk Factors

Stopping tobacco use is the single most impactful change a person can make to lower future cancer risk. Tobacco is linked to an increased risk of at least 15 types of cancer. Reducing alcohol intake is also beneficial. Women are recommended to have no more than one alcoholic drink per day and men no more than two.

Survivorship Pamphlets

The following pamphlets may be helpful resources for you and your family:

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