There are a number of emotional, physical, practical and social challenges that cancer survivors may face once they finish cancer treatment, including late effects of cancer treatment and the fear of cancer returning.
We also recommend the following resources:
Survivorship care plan templates
Survivorship care plans (SCP) provide a useful summary of your treatment and what you can expect afterwards, they may also include useful health and wellbeing advice. Although each cancer is different, the ACSC provides a general survivorship care plan (SCP) template for people who have not received a plan. You can use the plan to enter the relevant information and save it or print it out for your records. You will need to know the cancer treatment you received, and details of your after treatment care.
General fact sheets
- Questions you may wish to ask about the time after treatment
- Caring for a cancer survivor: tips for coping
- Dealing with money, work and study (practical issues)
- Emotional Impact of cancer and its treatment
- Fatigue: dealing with cancer related fatigue
- Fear: Coping with the fear of your cancer coming back
- Managing long-term and late effects of cancer treatment
Cancer Specific fact sheets
- Bowel cancer: follow-up of survivors of bowel cancer
- Breast cancer: follow-up of survivors of breast cancer
- Hodgkin Lymphoma: follow-up of survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: follow-up of survivors of Large B Cell Lymphoma a non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtype
- Prostate cancer: follow-up of survivors of prostate cancer
We also recommend you look at the care pathways for cancer specific information from diagnosis onwards:
- Cancer pathways – Cancer Council
- Ian Allen diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: 'At the end of the day it's my body'
- James Williams diagnosed with colorectal cancer at age 54: 'Never good news'
- Linett Hunter, diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 58: 'It's not selfish - it's self care'
- Alexis Kolsky, diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma at age 17: 'Can't run, can't jump, can't ski'
- Judy Sammut, diagnosed with breast cancer: 'There's life after breast cancer'
- Richard Gardner, diagnosed with tonsil and an unrelated bowel cancer: 'God I'm lucky, dead lucky'
- Roger Moulton, early 50s and caring for wife: 'Much more than a tree change'
- Meg Rynderman, our consumer representative who leads the survivor story project: ‘You’re so lucky’
- Sarah Tarr was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia as a child: 'Time may change me'