Cancer hits you like an 18-wheeler. We soon learn that our cancer diagnoses and treatments are just the start of a challenging journey that will last for the rest of our lives. Like any trip, direction and focus are needed to get through. Learning how to prepare for the low points as well as making the most of the highlights is the goal. Having the right skills to advocate and communicate needs is one of the best tools to use against cancer.
“Survivors need education programs for transitioning from treatment to life as a cancer survivor, and this education should include skills for managing their difficult and chronic symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, and chemo brain. Medical providers also need to be educated about survivors’ lingering symptoms.”
—Dr. Lynne Wagner, PhD
Clinical health psychologist
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University (RHLCCC)
Director, Supportive Oncology at RHLCCC at the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation