As Childhood Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, we want to stress the importance of long-term follow-up care and the benefits of the pediatric survivor’s clinic.
At age seven, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. After my main surgery to remove the cancer, I had to go through weeks of chemotherapy and never stopped asking questions during the process.
A cancer diagnosis isn’t a reason to stop being vigilant when it comes to prevention. In fact, cancer patients have even more reason to be on guard, because they usually have a higher risk for infection or for developing other types of cancer.
Many people affected by cancer are intent on strengthening their immune systems in order to fight the disease, tolerate treatment or prevent infections. These are worthy goals that should be approached with the same thought and caution you use to make other important medical decisions.
In July of 2011, I discovered a lump in my breast.
Once cancer treatment is completed, survivors often experience a whole new set of challenges that can be related or unrelated to the treatments they have undergone.
Cancer devastates lives, and that devastation isn’t limited to physical health. Many cancer patients find their disease has an impact on their finances, personal relationships and even careers.