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You Are Not Alone

Every year more than 36,000 Massachusetts residents hear the words, “You have cancer.” Thanks to better ways of finding and treating cancer, there are more cancer survivors living today than ever before.

Some cancer survivors will complete treatment. Others continue on active treatment, managing cancer much like a chronic health condition. While each survivor’s cancer and treatment may be different, each is living through the experience just like you. They have similar questions and fears, as well as similar determination, and hopes about getting better and moving forward with their lives.

This guide is not about your cancer treatment; it is to help you prepare for the journey ahead and improve the quality of your life.

We hope this information:

  • Teaches you how wellness can improve your life
  • Empowers you to take control of your care and well-being
  • Inspires you with stories of cancer survivors who made changes to improve their lives

There will be tough days ahead. There will also be good days. The goal of this guide is to help you make all the days ahead the best they can be.

Just remember, in the cancer survivor’s journey there will always be someone on the road just ahead to help you, and someone just behind who can learn from your wisdom. You are not alone.

We hope this guide will help you navigate your own journey and thrive.

Survivorship Workgroup
Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Prevention & Control Network

This information is provided by the Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Network.