In December, the Young Survival Coalition released What’s Next? A Young Woman’s Post-treatment Navigator, a survivorship guide to help young breast cancer survivors improve their quality of life after treatment ends. The Young Survival Coalition developed the guide after a 2010 survey it conducted found that 86% of its post-treatment population did not have a survivorship care plan in place following treatment.
What’s Next contains information on what breast cancer survivors can expect after treatment ends, including long-term treatment side effects and fertility risks; sexuality and intimacy issues; how to make healthy lifestyle changes; electronic tools to manage medical expenses; and where to find help with financial assistance, as well as other survivorship resources. What’s Next also provides information on the importance of establishing a written follow-up care plan with the help of their oncologist and contains worksheets survivors can use to create a summary of their diagnosis and treatment.
Copies of the Post-treatment Navigator are available at youngsurvival.org. ■