Life After Cancer Treatment

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As you finish your cancer treatment, you and your family may have questions about your future. This is normal. You may feel happy and relieved that you have finished your treatment. You may also feel tired, worried, scared, angry or alone. This is a time of change for you and your family as you adjust to a new normal.

Watch the After Cancer Treatment Teaching Video to learn about what you can expect now that you have finished treatment. During this video a nurse, social worker and dietitian offers you information about:

  • Your new normal
  • The next steps in your care
  • Your side effects
  • Your worries and fears
  • What you can do to live a healthy lifestyle
  • Resources and supports available to you and your family members

You will still need to see your oncologist for follow-up visits. These appointments will not be as often. The size of your health care team will be smaller than when you were in active treatment. It is very important that you make an appointment to see your family doctor. Your family doctor is responsible for your ongoing care and will want to see you regularly for appointments.

We want to hear from you!  Please tell us about your experience with the After Cancer Treatment Teaching video. Clicking on this link will allow you to complete a short survey on your experience. Any feedback you share helps us improve how we give you and other patients information about your care and treatment. Your feedback remains anonymous.

Where to go for support

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Our social workers can give you information about the supports and resources in the community. Call 905-576-8711 extension 33282 to talk to a social worker.

For more information, read the handouts found at the links below:

One to One Peer Support/ Support Groups

You may find it helpful to talk to someone who has also been through a cancer experience. For more information on one to one peer support or support groups, visit the Canadian Cancer Society or Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre websites.

We want to hear from you

How can we improve the patient and family experience at our cancer centre? As someone who recently had care from our team, you could give us helpful feedback. One way that you can do this is to join our Patient and Family Experience Advisory Group. Patients or their family caregivers are welcome to join the Advisory Group. The Group meets every two months. If you would like more information about this, please call Debbie Devitt, Patient Experience Lead at 905-576-8711 ext. 36401.