When Treatments Are Finished
Discharge into the Community
When your cancer treatments have finished, you may not have to travel to the treatment centre for follow-up care. Depending on the diagnosis and the type of treatment, follow-up care will be arranged with your family doctor or your oncologist. Community health professionals such as nurses, social workers and dietitians may also be notified that your treatment is finished. Some of these professionals can provide ongoing support for you.
Living Well After Treatment
Everyone’s cancer experience is different, and adjusting to life after treatment can also vary among survivors. The important thing to remember is that there are support systems and care options available that can help you on your road to recovery.
At the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, a team of knowledgeable professionals are available to help patients and families cope with the physical and emotional impact of dealing with cancer.
Experience After Treatment
For some survivors and their families, life after cancer involves finding a new balance. After treatment, it is normal to still experience a range of physical, psychological, social, spiritual and financial issues.
Providing Continued Assistance
The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s social workers continue to be available to assist you by providing the resources or contacts necessary to assist you with your specific needs.
Common Concerns After Treatment
The Agency’s social workers can help you with common concerns you may still be dealing with after treatment such as:
- Fear of recurrence
- Chronic pain
- Mental or physical fatigue
- Changes in relationships and sexual function
- Issues with altered body image
- Dietary needs
- Health or life insurance matters
- Financial difficulties
- Employment issues
- Depression or anxiety
- Uncertainty about the future
- Questioning your sense of purpose in life
- Social isolation
- Lack of communication/coordination with other health care providers
For more information or to speak with a clinical oncology social worker, please contact:
Allan Blair Cancer Centre, Regina: 306-766-2213
Saskatoon Cancer Centre: 306-655-2662