Living through and surviving cancer of any kind is a tough enough battle on it’s own.
However many find once they have beaten the disease, their body is not the same after, something many people never tell anyone.
In light of World Cancer Day on Sunday,the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is releasing a Report on the Patient Experience.
It reflects the voices of over 30,000 people sharing their experiences living with cancer from diagnosis through to treatment and survivorship.
Deborah Bulych, Director of Supportive Care at Saskatchewan Cancer Agency in Saskatoon said the end of someones treatment is not the end of someones experience.
“We know that during their treatment they begin feeling some physical, emotional and practical needs,” Bulych said.
“They experience this while on treatment and then often one to three years after they complete treatment, so we know that end-of-treatment is not always the end of someones cancer experience,” Bulych added.
Many are suffering in silence and are not sharing concerns with their doctor.
“Cancer doesn’t just impact the patients, it impacts the whole family,” Bulych said.
“It’s a family disease, so recognizing first that they are part of the journey and need to take care of themselves and then there are specific support groups and services available for caregivers as well,” she continued.
Nearly one in two Canadians will be impacted by cancer one way or another during their life.