Understanding Transition

May 10, 2011

The emotional and psychological impact of cancer extends past the treatment time. 

While transition has no standard time frame, researchers generally say that the first year or two after cancer treatment ends will be a period of adjustment, depending on your support system, the severity of your treatment and myriad other physical and emotional aspects. During this time you may experience:

> Anxiety about less medical follow-up

> Fear of recurrence

> Sleep issues, such as insomnia

> Fatigue

> Chronic pain

> Insurance and employment issues

> Difficulties reintegrating with family, friends and normal activities

Resource: The Office of Cancer Survivorship at cancercontrol.cancer.gov/ocs/office-survivorship.html