Surviving cancer

Cancer survivorship

Cancer survivorship focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer beyond the diagnosis and treatment phases. Survivorship includes issues related to the ability to get health care and follow up treatment, late effects of treatment, second cancers and quality of life.

Challenges for cancer survivors

Patients finishing treatment for cancer face many challenges, which vary depending on the type of cancer and treatment received.

The most common issues faced immediately after treatment finishes include:

  • returning to work
  • reintegrating into their social lives
  • possible physical impairment such as fatigue
  • some survivors have difficulty adjusting to and learning to live with uncertainty
  • realising the impact of their cancer experience on family or friends
  • learning to cope with their experience
  • sexual problems
  • fertility concerns
  • experience discrimination at work
  • find that their social network feels inadequate.

For help and support with life after cancer treatment, call the Cancer Council helpline on 13 11 20.