This is the second part of a series targeting cancer survivors. You may want to refer to the first part here. We commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day in June. Here are a few more tips that would be helpful to share with survivors in your circle of family and friends:
Early detection is better than later detection. Yes, we hope that every cancer survivor is cured, but this is sadly not always the case. Cancers can grow back, and prior treatment can rarely cause other cancers. If such happened, earlier detection is better than later detection. Even some cancers that grown back can still be cured. It is important to keep regular doctor appointments for physical exams, and other lab tests and scans. It is also imperative that cancer survivors continue cancer screening tests like mammograms, colonoscopies, and pap smears.
There can be other problems and there is help. Cancer treatments can be associated with a problems such as heart failure, infertility, early menopause, sexual problems, nerve damage, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep problems. Cancer survivors can be at risk for under- or unemployment and financial problems. Help is available in many cases and cancer survivors should be encouraged to discuss problems with their medical team. Family and friends can help identify when a cancer survivor is struggling with such, and urge them to seek help.
Other medical conditions can develop: Similar to the general population, cancer survivors can be at risk for diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, and others. Cancer treatments may also cause such conditions to worsen. It is important to have medical follow up to prevent, identify and treat such conditions.
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