The word survivor might seem clear-cut, but what does it really mean? This month we will be thinking and writing about what it is to survive cancer. When can we say that a person affected by this disease has survived? Is surviving something that happens once, or over and over again each day? How do those supporting a patient with cancer, either personally or professionally, understand and deal with the complicated meanings of the word?

The Survivor in Me

Alyson A | Patient |

There are so many thoughts that come to mind when I think about survivor and what it means to me. My definition in relation to myself is that I am a survivor because I have learned how to make the best…

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A New Normal

Mara B | Administrator |

The word survivor conveys so much in the cancer world. Technically speaking, in our clinics, from the moment you are diagnosed with cancer, you are considered a survivor and we have a range of services to support patients. There are three main stages of survivorship,…

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Surviving to Prosper

Aditya B | Physician |

The term survivor brings to memory a recent conversation I had with Ms. Jones (not real name) who had completed adjuvant chemotherapy for her breast cancer. I remarked “Congratulations! You are now a cancer survivor”. She excitedly exclaimed “So I am cancer-free!!!?”…

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