Almost 3 million people living in the United States have received a breast cancer diagnosis and most no longer receive active treatment. Survivorship Care Planning is a process with paper documents or online materials to help people make the transition from active cancer treatment to the new normal.
- What's Next? Life After Cancer Treatment. Minnesota Cancer Alliance. Provides handy forms and information for survivorship care planning.
Through Pathways and other studies, we are learning how important family and friends (social support) and reducing stress (through yoga, prayer or meditation) are for well-being after breast cancer.
- Kwan ML, Ergas IJ, Somkin CP, Quesenberry CP Jr, Neugut AI, Hershman DL, Mandelblatt J, Pelayo MP, Timperi AW, Miles SQ, Kushi LH. Quality of life among women recently diagnosed with invasive breast cancer: the Pathways Study. Breast Cancer Res Treat, 2010.
- Kwan, M.L., Ambrosone, C.B., Lee, M.M., Barlow, J., Krathwohl, S.E., Ergas, I.J., Ashley, C.H., Bitter, J.R., Darbinian, J., Stronach, K., Caan, B.J., Davis, W., Kutner, S.E., Quesenberry, C.P., Somkin, C.P., Sternfeld, B., Wiencke, J.K., Zheng, S. & Kushi, L.H. The Pathways Study: a prospective study of breast cancer survivorship within Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Cancer Causes & Control, 2008.