Cancer survivorship: after treatment what’s happening?

But for one in four survivors, NHS cuts make it difficult to handle the side effects  treatment brings.  Signs are that once the election is over, promises of extra funding will fall short of increasing need.  There are approx. 2.5 million “survivors” in the UK;  a pretty amazing lot, running races, organising fund-raising, and doing more than their fair share to help those coming after.
So,
  • Keep a diary/list on the fridge/notifications etc to remind yourself to chase up your appointments. No-one else will.  (Warning – I still have skin problems – I finally saw a Dermatologist yesterday and realised this had taken a year to arrange – not good enough)
  • When ‘they’ say “be kind to yourself”, remember Massage is part of European cancer treatment and proven to be good for you
  • Make a genuine effort to exercise – authority after authority produces boring statistics proving it is good for you, especially to counter fatigue.
  • Weight – take time to learn food calorie values, and think what are low-calorie treats for when you are at the end of your tether.
  • Don’t be afraid to remind doctors of your needs. GPs are incredibly busy;  once a patient has finished with hospital treatment they don’t realise we are going to need a lot of care from now on.
  • Don’t be afraid to take a short nap every afternoon.
  • Contact your doctor or specialist nurse if you have any concerns between appointments. Also contact them if you notice any new symptoms; don’t wait until your next visit. 
  • Face up to reality – NHS cuts are going to affect your after-care, so it’s up to you to chase this up.
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