Life After Cancer Treatment

Now more than ever, most people can expect to live a long, full life even after being diagnosed with cancer. Being a “cancer survivor” actually begins the moment you are diagnosed with cancer but, for most patients, it’s natural to begin thinking of themselves as survivors once the active treatment phase is complete.

We believe that the term “survivorship” doesn’t just describe being alive, but also means achieving your optimal level of health and well-being. At Torrance Memorial, we are committed to providing support, encouragement and, when you need it, the care that helps you achieve those goals.

According to people who’ve had cancer, being a “cancer survivor” brings certain challenges, including:

  • Adjusting to a "new normal"
  • Coping with lasting side effects of treatment
  • Physical and emotional recovery
  • Worry about disease recurrence
  • Return to work and normal activities
  • Achieving the best possible level of health and wellness

To help you organize all the information about your cancer treatments we recommend you download MY CANCER TREATMENT SUMMARY.

The Torrance Memorial Cancer Survivorship Program was developed in partnership with the UCLA-LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Network. This invitation-only collaboration was extended to Torrance Memorial from the Lance Armstrong Foundation as a community affiliate of the UCLA Medical Center. This collaboration provided Torrance Memorial with involvement in survivorship research and resources for developing programs and servicesand has enabled us to better meet the needs of cancer survivors in our community.

Finding New Meaning

Cancer survivors can experience profound emotions after active treatment is complete. Overcoming this serious illness inspires many to re-examine their lives and personal goals. It is common to question where your life has taken you and where it is heading and to explore changes that will make life more fulfilling. Surviving cancer give patients a cause to celebrate and a reason to move forward with their lives. An excellent resource to help you explore this and other related issues commonly experienced by cancer survivors is the National Cancer Institute Facing Forward: Life after Cancer Treatment booklet.

Contact the Torrance Memorial Cancer Survivorship Program by calling 310-517-7077 or by e-mailing us at CancerSurvivor@tmmc.com.

Torrance Memorial Survivorship Programs

Survivorship programs at Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Hunt Cancer Institute include:

South Bay Survivorship Consortium

The South Bay Survivorship Consortium is made up of oncology specialists in the community and includes Advance Practice Nurses from Torrance Memorial Hunt Cancer Institute and Torrance Memorial Physician Network Cancer Care, and physicians from California Hematology Oncology Medical Group and Health Care Partners Medical Group. The group offers lectures on topics of interest to cancer survivors throughout the year.

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Breast Cancer Survivorship

Enormous strides have been made in the treatment of breast cancer; so much so that here in the United States there are more survivors of breast cancer than any other form of cancer.

Our country’s three-million-plus breast cancer survivors are a living testament to the efficacy of early detection and treatment for breast cancer. The most important thing that women who’ve had breast cancer can do to enhance survivorship is to continue to get regular screenings and examinations, but that’s just the beginning. Learn more about how we support breast cancer survivors at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Breast Cancer Survivorship Program

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