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The Breast Cancer Survivorship Program at Johns Hopkins is a multidisciplinary team of internists, oncologists, nurses, survivors, scientists, social workers, administrators and researchers all working together to improve long-term breast cancer survivorship care for patients and medical providers. This program is partly funded through a grant from the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
"An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of cancer diagnosis through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience."
- The National Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Survivorship
Lifestyle Changes after Breast Cancer Treatment: Conversations on Survival A group of breast cancer survivors openly discuss what lifestyle changes were continued or changed after treatment. The importance of living in the moment, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and knowing what is really important in life are all discussed.
Being told you have breast cancer can be a life-altering experience. Though your initial treatment of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy may be over, the effects of having been diagnosed and treated for cancer may continue for some time.
After treatment, you will look and feel different. On an emotional level, you may have lost part of your self-image as a healthy person. On a physical level, you may have lost part or all of one breast - or even both breasts. You may have undergone lymph node surgery. You may have had chemotherapy, radiation or both. Each phase of treatment and the way you cope is unique.
It is common to have concerns about your health and how to move forward after treatment ends. Defining wellness for each patient can be different. It is rare to feel the same as before diagnosis but all patients can look forward to being healthy again.
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For questions and comments about our Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, please contact Elissa Bantug, MHS at firstname.lastname@example.org.