Utah Cancer Control Program A Unified Cancer Prevention Approach

Cancer Survivors

The term cancer survivor refers to a person who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life. The impact of cancer on family members, friends, and caregivers of survivors is also acknowledged as part of survivorship.

Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, and financial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Cancer survivors are at greater risk for recurrence and for developing second cancers due to the effects of treatment, unhealthy lifestyle behaviors, underlying genetics, or risk factors that contributed to the first cancer. To help maintain health and improve survival and quality of life after a cancer diagnosis, please refer to the Live Healthy section.

Discussing follow-up care with a health care provider is also important. Some important topics to discuss include:

  • A personalized survivorship care plan that includes a schedule of recommended follow-up visits, screenings, and medical tests and specifies which providers will be responsible for care.
  • Possible delayed effects of treatment.
  • The importance of seeking timely care in response to certain signs or symptoms.
  • Emotional wellness after cancer and identifying available resources for additional support, if necessary.
  • Lifestyle changes recommended for improving health and well-being after cancer.
  • Developing an effective support system that meets survivors' medical and emotional needs.