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How to Manage Your Health Post-Cancer

Meghana Giridhar - June 07, 2016 02:08 PM

Cancer death rates have decreased from 2003 to 2012 as per the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. Cancer survival numbers have increased subsequently and is an indication of the degree of progress.

Surviving cancer is a tremendous feat but the journey does not end at this point. It is important to continue keeping the care team updated and have organize key things:

Don’t Give Up Your Medical Insurance:

Post-survival, treatments might cease. Changes in job situations or having to take on new kinds of jobs due side effects could affect budgets. Sometimes, the temptation is to discontinue medical insurance to save costs. However, regular check-ups are integral to maintaining your health, for which health insurance is key. Medicare benefits apply to only those who are above 65 years of age. State of Federal insurance exchanges can be a way to get coverage. Then there is a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is that young adults can remain on their parent’s health plans until age 26, as long as a parent has health insurance. It could be potentially difficult to get medical insurance if the disease makes a comeback. Those uninsured have limited options.

Maintain Your Medical Records:

Medical records provide complete information about medical history, tests undertaken along with results and other important details that can better assist the next care team, if one is needed. It allows one to better engaged in managing healthcare and enhances provider-patient relationships. Doctors can now also provide electronic copies that allow for easy updating and sharing.

Follow-up Visits with the Care Team are a Must:

Meeting the cancer team regularly allows the doctor to be on top of screenings and can help in tracking any recurrence in the early stages. One must keep the team abreast of any changes or concerns during follow-up visits. Doctors in cancer care teams can also recommend primary care doctors they are affiliated with so there is seamless coordination between the two.

Don’t Ignore Tests Recommended by the Doctor:

Blood tests or imaging tests are usually recommended as part of cancer treatment follow-up protocols. This helps continued remission and can also track if the cancer is back or if a new cancer has emerged.

For additional information and resources, visit the following websites:

American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

National Cancer Institute: Cancer Survivorship Research

Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Manager and is part of eCareDiary's founding team. In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms.

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