This guide was created for adults in Massachusetts who have survived any type of cancer.

Before, during, and after your cancer treatment there may be many things you feel you have no control over. This guide was written to cover areas that you do have some control over. No matter what type of cancer you were diagnosed with, the information in this guide may help you improve the quality of your life through wellness.

What is Wellness?

You may see the term “wellness” and think of it as an exercise program or a new diet. It is more than that. The different parts of wellness covered in this guide include:

  • Physical – What you can do to care for your body to help make you stronger for your treatment and beyond.
  • Emotional – How to cope with feelings you have throughout your cancer journey, and how to nurture relationships with family and friends.
  • Social – How to help your community and help yourself by helping others.
  • Spiritual – How to honor your values, beliefs and the meaning of your life.
  • Thinking (cognitive) – How to keep your mind active, and manage the effects of treatments like chemotherapy, by following your creative and learning interests.
  • Working – How to cope with work concerns as a cancer survivor and what your employment rights are in Massachusetts.

The 6 Dimensions of Wellness

Based on a model from the National Wellness Institute: www.nationalwellness.org

How to Get the Most Out of This Guide

Online videos included as part of the guide allow you to watch cancer survivors tell their own stories. You can also learn helpful information from experts who work with cancer survivors.

Expert Voice

Hester Hill Schnipper, author, program director, Oncology Social Work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and two-time cancer survivor talks about the benefits of wellness for survivors.


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