Be inspired by these Henry Ford Cancer Institute patients as they share the story of their cancer journey. Read stories from patients with the following cancer types:
After completing your cancer treatment, you will have fewer visits with your cancer care team. To help ease this transition, your Oncologist or a Nurse Practitioner will create a personalized Survivorship Care Plan, and meet with you to go over it. As a team, you will discuss the best ways to approach survivorship, and it will all be outlined for you to take home in your Survivorship Care Plan.
Your Survivorship Care Plan visit discussion will include:
Currently, a Survivorship Clinic is available at the Pallister Place location at Henry Ford Hospital. If you are receiving care at a different location, discuss with your cancer care team the next steps for receiving your Survivorship Care Plan.
Once cancer treatment is over, you will be eager to return to good health. But besides just recovering from the effects cancer surgery or treatment had on your body, there are other ways you can improve your long-term health, to enjoy survivorship with the highest possible quality of life. Here’s what you can do:
Finishing your cancer treatment can sometimes feel lonely or isolating after getting used to the many trips to treatment and interactions with your care team. You may feel anxious or depressed about the possibility of a cancer recurrence, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things because of your cancer treatments. You are not alone. Support groups, classes, and retreats are available especially for survivors, along with oncology behavioral health specialists.
Cancer is an anxiety-filled journey from start to finish. Read about ways to overcome this anxiety and what family and friends can do to help their loved ones.
Cancer survivors should be aware of the protections they are entitled to when it comes to employment.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects cancer survivors seeking jobs from being discriminated against because of health status, and protects people with jobs from discrimination by their employer due to a cancer diagnosis.
Learn More About ADA Protections
Advance Care Planning is important for all survivors, regardless of cancer type, treatment, or stage. Make sure you have completed an Advance Directive Form. This legal document will ensure your family and care team are aware of your medical wishes if you become unable to make your own medical decisions.
Even with health insurance, cancer treatment can be expensive, and can have a lasting financial impact on survivors.
Financial problems faced by cancer survivors include:
Explore the following options to help ease any financial issues you may have as a cancer survivor.
Ask your care team to refer you to an oncology social worker or financial navigator if you are having anxiety about bills associated with your cancer treatment.