In her new column Janine Giese-Davis introduces readers to the issues people face after a cancer diagnosis, especially after active treatment is over. “Although there are many resources and programs for people just diagnosed with cancer,” she says, “there are few for people transitioning to survivorship.” She heads a multi-disciplinary group called CancerBRIDGES that aims to improve survivorship care by conducting research and developing effective programs based on survivors’ needs. Subjects she’ll write about in coming issues may include:
Physical and medical issues: second cancers, cardiac dysfunction, pain, neuropathy, lymphedema, sexual impairment, infertility
Psychological issues: depression, anxiety, uncertainty, altered body image and cognitive impairments
Social issues: changes in interpersonal relationships, feeling isolated, concerns regarding health or life insurance, return to work, return to school, financial burdens
Existential and spiritual issues: looking for a sense of purpose, meaning or appreciation of life
If you are an Alberta cancer survivor, CancerBRIDGES has something to offer you.