Survivorship Care Plans

Some of the best tools for Survivorship Care planning are offered online. They can be used by you, in partnership with your doctors. Some popular ones include:

Questions to ask about your survivorship care plan

  • Who can help me create a full record of my treatment history to date?
  • Which doctors should I see for which type of care?
  • How often should I have routine visits?
  • What’s my schedule for post-treatment follow-up tests?
  • What problems should I report to which doctor?
  • What long-term and late effects can I expect from the treatment I received?
  • What can I do to maintain my health and well-being?
  • If I need accommodations at work, can you help me with that?
  • Can you refer me to a support group or someone to talk to for my emotional health?

Gain Strength from other survivors

It feels good to talk with and learn from others who share what you’re going through. When you talk to other survivors, you’ll quickly realize that you’re not alone. Look into:

  • Support groups
  • online message boards
  • blogs
  • advocacy groups

These can all connect you with people who share information, advice and resources that matter. Other survivors can tell you about their treatment experiences (even if they’re different from your own) and answer questions. The connection you feel with others who are also fighting this battle can make you feel stronger. And the resilience you can learn from others (or give to others) is invaluable in your fight against cancer.
To feel inspired by other colorectal cancer survivors, start by reading some of the personal stories on Fight Colorectal Cancer’s blog.

Gain a new perspective on your strength and life

Having a potentially life-threatening disease often leads people to examine their lives and look for meaning. The fear of death often leads us to think about what we value and want for our lives. In fact, this search for meaning may be the aspect of cancer that has the most surprisingly positive influence.

It’s common for you to change life’s priorities to…

  • Remember to do things that make you happy
  • Spend more positive time with family, friends, and loved ones
  • Seek a more meaningful job
  • Volunteer to help others (like becoming a colorectal cancer advocate)
  • Focus on your health: quit smoking, eat better, exercise more
  • Tap into your fighting spirit
  • Enjoy each moment

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

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