After cancer treatment is completed, there are a range of emotions patients can feel upon realizing they’re done. This transition can be hard, but knowing what possibilities lie ahead can make the transition easier. Below you’ll find answers to questions many people have about life after chemotherapy.
Q: What are the main medical concerns after chemotherapy?
A: The main medical concern people have upon finishing their last chemotherapy is that cancer will return. Most feel they aren’t doing enough to prevent cancer from returning, and want to know how to detect cancer at its earliest point before it becomes worse. Many people also worry about symptoms related to chemotherapy after treatment is done. Symptoms related to this can include:
- Lack of stamina
- Difficulty focusing
- Changes in your skin texture
- Nerve changes (most common in fingers and toes)
Q: What are some emotional concerns people have after chemotherapy?
A: Similar to medical concerns, many cancer patients have concerns about cancer returning. This can take a great emotional toll on patients because they can feel overwhelmed by the chances of cancer coming back. Many cancer patients, especially women who have breast cancer, also have challenges accepting their new body. Many women who have breast cancer undergo surgery and have to accept their new body and how it looks after cancer.
Q: What are some ways survivors can prepare for life after treatment?
A: There are many steps you can take leading up to your last treatment that will make the transition between treatment and life after easier. Many people find support groups to be healing in their own way, especially if you find a group of people who have all had the same cancer as you. Social media has also made it easy to connect with those going through similar challenges as you and can provide additional support that way.
If you’re finding life after treatment hard to cope with, just know that there are people out there that want to support you. At Pink Ribbons Memphis, we strive to make every woman who comes through our door feel comfortable in her own skin. Visit our store today, located at 716 N. White Station Rd., or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.