Many people and resources call the period after treatment as a time where you and your loved one adjust to the “new normal.” Even though the cancer treatment may have ended, your loved one can still be dealing with side effects from the treatment including fatigue, low energy, pain, problems sleeping, or even nerve pain and lymphedema (which is a condition of pain and swelling in the arms, legs or torso.) While some of these side effects and changes might be temporary, some may last a long time, resulting in that “new normal” for you and your loved one to adjust to.
Beyond physical changes, there are emotional adjustments to go through both for your loved one in adjusting to their new life and for you in in your role as a caregiver – one that has been focused on the patient throughout treatment. Here are some resources available specifically to help with this transition period from advice on what to do now to yoga classes and retreats for you and your loved one to attend.
LET’S SWITCH THE NC CANCER HOSPITAL RESOURCES TO THE TOP AND THESE NATIONAL RESOURCES TO BELOW.
Cancer Support Community
Advice and resources on dealing with health issues that might arise after going through cancer treatment, specifically fatigue, sleep changes, cognitive problems, lymphedema, nerve damage and pain.
Facing Forward: When Someone You Love has Completed Treatment (PDF version)
National Cancer Institute
A booklet with advice and tips for caregivers and families to transition from cancer treatment to post-treatment care.
Caregiving After Treatment
National Cancer Institute
Advice specifically for caregivers on life for them and their loved ones after cancer treatment is over. This resource examines the emotional adjustments that you and your loved one might go through in order to find this ‘new normal.’
Adjusting to Life After Caregiving
Key messages for caregivers about what they can do now that their loved one has finished cancer treatment.
NC Cancer Hospital Resources:
A free class on how to move from active treatment to post-treatment or after-treatment. There are six weekly classes for 2.5 hours each week.
UNC Lineberger Cancer Center’s Survivorship program, this website connects you with information, resources and people who have been down the same road and aims to provide you and your loved one with tools to move forward.
Get REAL and HEEL
A free after care breast cancer program, “Get REAL & HEEL is not just an exercise program. It integrates individualized prescriptive exercise with psychosocial therapies to provide a program that strengthens your body and mind. We’ll develop an individualized plan that will help you manage cancer treatment related symptoms and help you increase your chances of survivorship while increasing your quality of life.”
Information on other Survivorship Programs offered to individuals who received treatment at NC Cancer Hospital.