Q: What exactly is survivorship?
A: Surviving lung cancer can mean many things.
A lung cancer survivor can be...
- Someone who is free from disease after completing lung cancer treatment
- Someone who is living with lung cancer
- Someone who is going through lung cancer treatment to manage the disease or reduce risk of the lung cancer returning
- Family, friends and caregivers who have been affected by your lung cancer diagnosis
Some people will consider themselves and loved ones lung cancer survivors when they have finished active treatment. Though this can be an exciting time, it also may cause stress and worry.
Life will be forever changed after a battle with lung cancer. It will take time, but you will adjust to a new normal. Your support system and care team can make the transition easier. Remember: You are a lung cancer survivor.