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Cancer survivorship means different things to different people

The National Coalition of Cancer Survivors says everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer is a survivor from that day forward. Family, friends and caregivers -- are also considered survivors.

One of the hardest things after treatment is not knowing what happens next. People who have finished their cancer treatment often describe the first few months as a time of change. This Survivorship section of the Rogel Cancer Center website, is intended to help you know "what's next." And what's next is finding out what's normal for you now.

Your new normal may include:

  • Making changes in the way you eat and what you do
  • New or different sources of support
  • Permanent scars on your body
  • Not be able to do some things you used to do more easily
  • New routines
  • Emotional scars

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