Breast Cancer Survivorship
Thriving through breast cancer and beyond
As a survivor, you will experience a variety of effects from cancer - physically,
emotionally, socially and spiritually. We understand that the journey
you are on is transformative. While undergoing treatment, and as you complete
and move past treatment, Hoag’s caring team is here to help you
navigate through your individual needs.
With all the focus and energy placed on treatment, you may have not spent
much time thinking about what happens next. How do you maintain or go
back to “normal” when clearly something – maybe even
everything – is different? How do you handle fears of recurrence,
and changes you may experience physically, cognitively, emotionally, and
With 12 million Americans now living their lives as cancer survivors,
these are the challenging and powerful questions that guide the support
services provided at Hoag Family Cancer Institute and throughout the community.
At Hoag, you are considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis
onwards and we are here for you every step of the way.
Hoag has developed programs specifically tailored to help you learn how
to take care of yourself during and after treatments, to offer guidance
for those who are reevaluating their lives and priorities, and to help
you adapt to any new functional or physical changes.
Hoag’s support services are an important aspect of your overall
care. Your oncologist and clinical care team focus on curative treatment,
while our support services focus on helping patients thrive through their
cancer and into a meaningful life following it.
Tips for Cancer Survivors
To help you thrive through cancer, we offer a few ideas that will help
you manage the health of your full body and enhance your quality of life
during and beyond treatment.
1. Create a plan
Ask your oncologist or medical team to compile a “Survivorship Care
Plan,” a complete summary of your cancer care and a specific plan
for follow up care. The plan should include detailed information about
your diagnosis and life style modifications such as diet and exercise,
and include when/how often you should return for follow up appointments.
Having a plan can dramatically simplify and improve your future medical
care and your quality of life.
2. Get educated
Better managing your health and enhancing your quality of life can be
empowering. We encourage you to review the many resources offered throughout
3. Manage stress
Cancer can have varied impacts on your physical, psychological and social
wellbeing. Finding ways to manage and reduce stress can be extremely helpful.
Hoag Family Cancer Institute offers complimentary Mind/Body classes such
as meditation, Reiki, and a variety of yoga practices.
4. Find support
Talking about what you are going through normalizes the struggle and transforms
what can often be an isolating experience into a community of hope, understanding
and support. We offer several types of cancer support groups for patients
and family members which are open to the community, as well as one on-one-counseling.
5. Care for caregivers
Caregivers and loved ones need support too as they are coping with their
own feelings, anxieties, and stressors. We offer a monthly family caregiver
series to provide greater education, resources, and assistance.
For more details on the support services classes and programs, visit
Hoag's Cancer Support Services or view the wide array of
free educational programs to support cancer patients.