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Cancer Survivorship Site Unveiled

CancerWise - March 2008

Once cancer care ends, many patients have the same question: “Now what?” To help answer this and many other concerns, M. D. Anderson has launched a new cancer survivorship Web site.

Through this site, our survivors can learn more about cancer, cancer treatment and survivorship.

Thanks to early detection and improved treatments, millions of Americans are surviving cancer. There are more than 10 million survivors in the United States and more than 22.4 million worldwide. For those in the health field, survivorship is an up-and-coming issue.

“I think we are entering a new phase in the medical chronicles of cancer care,” says Alma Rodriguez, M.D., vice president for medical affairs. “Today many types of cancers are either curable or chronic, and patients will live through the cancer or with the cancer for years.”

Different survivor stages have different needs

There are three stages of survivorship: living with cancer, living through cancer and living beyond cancer.

“Anyone who is living with and through and after the cancer is a survivor,” Rodriguez says. “There are just different problems to deal with at each of these stages.”

The site has facts and resources for every stage of survivorship. You also may search by disease or cancer-related topic for more specifics. Not only is the site a learning tool, it sends a message of hope through patients’ personal stories.

For easy use, the site has five sections:

  • Patients’ stories
  • An online survivorship guide
  • Medical survivorship services at M. D. Anderson
  • M. D. Anderson resources:
    • Social
    • Psychological
    • Spiritual
    • Educational
  • News and articles about survivorship

“The survivorship Internet site will benefit patients by directing them to services available at M. D. Anderson,” Rodriguez says. “It provides published and updated information from various literature sources, as well as updated policy and advocacy concerns that may be relevant to patients with cancer and patients who have been treated for cancer.

"Through links to such services as the Anderson Network, it also connects patients to other survivors, who can share their experiences and provide support. It's a one-stop shopping site for those seeking various types of information.”

As the number of survivors continues to increase, this site will continue to grow to give the most up-to-date survivorship information available at M. D. Anderson.

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