You run the race. Finally cross that finish line.
I came across this press release last week regarding a roundtable discussion at the NCCN 14th Annual Conference discussing treatment for cancer survivors. Doctors typically tend to focus their efforts on curing the cancer but often forget about the aftermath. I know many survivors amp themselves up for treatment, count down the days to end of chemo or radiation and then what? They run out of steam. Everyone isn't rooting for them anymore. Their support system and routine is shattered. They're alone even though they still don't feel or look like themselves and still have a long road ahead.
Continuing proper follow up and support to survivors is hopefully going to become an area of focus for oncologists. Yes, fighting cancer and the side effects from chemo and radiation are very important, but so is the aftermath of cancer. Rebuilding their lives and finding their new "me" is equally as hard as chemo and popping into the oncologists office every 3-6 months for a PET scan doesn't answer all their questions and help them.
Personally, I built a support group of cancer patients going thru treatment at the same time as I was, so that helped tremendously. But not everyone has that group of people, and damnit, I had to work hard to find them all on my own without the help of my doctors and social workers.