When cancer treatment ends, a new chapter begins. In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA’s Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany writes about dealing with temporary and long-term side effects that can interfere with quality of life.
It’s important to develop a survivorship care plan with your doctor and learn about the potential long-term effects of cancer treatment. Here are some questions to ask your healthcare team:
- Am I at risk for specific late effects?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent long-term side effects?
- Are there any screening tests (for hearing loss, osteoporosis, heart problems, etc.) they recommend?
- What should I know about the signs and symptoms of long-term effects?
In addition to talking with your health care team, it may be helpful to have a conversation with other cancer survivors. Sharing information might help you find new ways to manage challenges. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you’d like to learn more about our monthly support groups and MOCA Mentor program to get connected with other survivors.
We know lymphedema is a common cancer-related side effect. We’ll be discussing lymphedema care and treatment options at our next virtual Living Well Meeting, Tuesday, October 19 from 7-8 p.m. Click here to register and join us!