Today, nearly one million Australians are adult cancer survivors, with that number increasing every year, whilst 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will survive long term. While these are ‘good news’ stories of cancer, cancer survivorship presents its own unique challenges.
As a cancer survivor, you are a large and growing proportion of our community who have unique health needs following your overcoming of this disease. As you may be well aware, after cancer treatment ends, survivors can experience a wide range of physical and psychological challenges. These can include:
- Cognitive changes (‘chemobrain’ or ‘brain fog’)
- Body image issues
- Sexual and fertility problems
- Worry about the cancer returning
- Risk of a new cancer
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Problems returning to work or study
Survivors of Adult Cancer
We will develop an individualised care plan, providing advice about:
- Your risk of common side effects of treatment, and what monitoring tests should be done, when and by whom;
- Lifestyle changes (such as exercise therapy or quitting smoking) and services that may help prevent or manage any health issues;
- Psychosocial and/or practical support that will help you manage normal daily living, achieve optimal functioning, and feel in control;
- Participating in research studies to guide development of better treatment and prevention approaches.
Survivors of Childhood Cancer
The Long-Term Follow Up Clinic at Sydney Children’s Hospital is a multi-disciplinary clinic offering survivors follow up care far beyond their childhood years. This long-term follow up benefits survivors by providing you with health education, cancer screening and risk-reducing health interventions.
The knowledge gained from this service also allows clinicians to identify factors associated with adverse health outcomes and to modify cancer therapies to minimise the risk of long-term side effects.
In this section you will find practical information about the services we offer at the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), factsheets to help in managing your health concerns and other useful resources.