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June 2004

NHM Health Focus: Cancer Survivors

Challenges for Cancer Survivors:

  • Physical, emotional, and financial hardships
  • Limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments
  • Denial of health and life insurance coverage
  • Financial hardships long after the initial diagnosis and treatment
  • Employment problems
  • Psychological struggles
  • Strain on personal relationships
  • Profound fear of recurrence
Source: National Cancer Day Information Guide

There are many readily available resources to help Cancer Survivors meet the many challenges they face. Among the most comprehensive are those posted by the National Cancer Institute. Here you will find information about all types of cancer including treatments and related research. The role of National Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS) is to enhance the quality and length of survival of all persons diagnosed with cancer and to minimize or stabilize adverse effects experienced during cancer survivorship.

When Someone in Your Family Has Cancer recognizes that family members and friends of cancer survivors are impacted in many different ways and provides suggestions and resources for these individuals.

Online networks of people whose lives have been touched by cancer provide support by providing information and contact with others who have had similar experiences.
  • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is "the oldest survivor-led advocacy organization working exclusively on behalf of people with all types of cancer and their families, advocates for quality cancer care for all Americans."

  • Lance Armstrong Foundation develops and supports programs for people living with cancer, seeks the knowledge that people living with cancer need, and provides information and resources for people living with cancer.

  • cancersurvivors.org is an extensive site developed by four members of a "cancer cluster" family. Site developers are both cancer survivors and caretakers.

  • Cancer Survivor Network, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is a community established by people whose lives have been touched by cancer to help them find strength and inspiration from "personal stories, discussions and expressions of caring."

  • Cancer Survivor Network: Discussions and Chat "We, as survivors and care givers, sometimes have a need to talk about our experiences with cancer. It can help us to learn new ways to cope. It can also help us overcome any feelings of isolation by knowing that there are others like us."

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum (AE @ NHM) has a number of postings chronicling the ever changing science of cancer, its causes and treatment. Some examples are listed below. Please use the search feature on our home page for additional archived resources.

About Biotech: Vaccinating Against Cancer
About Biotech: The Ras Gene and Cancer

Activities Exchange: Student Cancer Journals- Personal Reflections and Research on Life and Death Issues

Let's Collaborate: Aging and Cancer: Are Telomeres and Telomerase the Connection?

Science Updates: First Monoclonal Cancer Theraputic
Science Updates: HER-2/neu vs. Breast Cancer
Science Updates: DNA Methylation Provides Cancer Clue