Celebrating Cancer Milestones


Recognizing milestones can help you put your cancer experience into perspective, for better or worse. As emotional as it is, it can be an opportunity to celebrate your perseverance and the fact that you are a cancer survivor.

Marking milestones during and after cancer treatment can be done in a variety of ways. Below are some of the dates¬†survivors celebrate milestones – there’s no “one way” to celebrate. Chose a day that’s most meaningful for you – or celebrate them all!

  • the one-year and five-year cancer-free milestones are a popular day to celebrate
  • the date of diagnosis each year
  • anniversary of the end of chemotherapy
  • anniversary of surgery
  • the date of completion of each follow-up visit
  • the date you were declared N.E.D. (no evidence of disease)

And even more to celebrate…

  • The end of a round of treatment
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Your birthday
  • Every day!

Content medically-reviewed by members of the Fight Colorectal Cancer Medical Advisory Board, February 2014

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