Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future by Nancy Keene

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Greater than 250,000 little ones, youngsters, and adults are shortly survivors of youth melanoma, that's reason for get together. those long term survivors of youth melanoma face a different destiny. a few will come upon coverage and employment demanding situations, a few can have emotional demanding situations, and a few may have ongoing illnesses relating to remedy. Authors Keene, Hobbie, and Ruccione chart the territory of long term survivorship:Emotions and relationships Transition from pediatric to grownup careOvercoming discrimination in employment or insuranceLifestyle offerings that maximize healthSchedules of follow-up care and attainable scientific past due results Record-keeper of scientific historical past The tales of over 100 survivors and parents--with a large variety of matters and triumphs--are integrated.

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But one day, I just decided I wanted to go and I applied to five schools. I did end up at the same college as my brother, and we even lived in the same dorm one year. In college, I made a big, fresh, new start. College was a wonderful experience for me. I had been socially awkward in grade school and high school, but in college, I made lots of friends and tried many new things. I was on cloud nine. One aspect of transitioning to adult life is assuming control of medical decision-making. Teens change from pediatric to adult healthcare when they leave home to enter college or take a job.

The long-term clinic focuses not so much on possible relapse, but on the long-term effects of childhood cancer. The clinic is run by an oncologist and a nurse. I was very happy to hear this. It really feels like we are putting this phase of our life on the back burner. I know it will never completely come off the stove, but knowing it is just simmering will be wonderful. Some survivors feel that to express their resentment or anger will make the doctor think they are ungrateful. If you go to the oncology clinic and wait for your appointment with patients who are on treatment, you may feel that 24 SURVIVORSHIP your problems are too insignificant to mention.

From my perspective as a cancer mom six years past my child’s bone marrow transplant, I can tell you that moving on is relative. TRANSITIONS 11 We have definitely moved on from the day-to-day struggle of current treatment. We don’t have to juggle a normal family life around treatments and treatment side effects. Our stress level is definitely less than a family on current treatment. Six years out, we also rarely worry about relapse. That day-to-day fear is gone. Of course the relapse monster raises its ugly head when there are fevers or unexplained tiredness, but these are few and far between.

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