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Living with cancer is the name of our newsletter and the blog. However, only you know what it's like to live with cancer — and everyone's experience is different.
This week, I'd like to explore your quality of life concerns. Quality of life can be defined in so many ways. Your quality of life can be significantly affected by pain, fatigue and other symptoms of cancer and treatment side effects. Stress, family issues and financial concerns can also impact quality of life.
Researchers study cancer patients frequently to understand quality of life while going through cancer treatment. However, we're also aware that quality of life is affected long after the treatment is over. It's not uncommon to hear that people are struggling with fatigue, pain and stress for years after cancer treatment has been completed.
What's your quality of life? What makes a difference for you? Here are a few thoughts:
Feel free to add your thoughts to the discussion. What's most important for your quality of life?
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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