Living with cancer blog

Reflections on 2012 trends from cancer survivors

By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. January 4, 2013

As the New Year begins, it seems fitting to take a look at a few of the most popular blog discussions from 2012.

Your perspectives on survivorship are what I hope to bring forward for discussion every week in the coming year.

Here are a few highlights from 2012:

  • Diet and exercise matter — Many of you commented on the various discussions about healthy eating and fitting in daily exercise. The research continues to be strong showing the positive effects of both eating healthy and being active on cancer survivor outcomes.
  • Cancer screening recommendations are changing — We talked about the recommended changes for the PSA test for prostate cancer screening and new ways to screen for colon cancer. The science behind screening is seeking more effective ways to screen and detect cancers. The coming year will bring even more changes that we will be sure to discuss.
  • Good communication is vital — The discussions about health literacy and communicating with your care team were active. More and more, cancer survivors are seeking out information and resources in a proactive manner. Remember, you're the one who needs to understand and navigate the best solutions for your own care. Don't be afraid to ask questions, clarify understanding and be comfortable with your decisions.
  • Surviving cancer is stressful to the body and the mind — We are continually learning about how the stress of cancer affects the entire person. Our discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) showed that many of you are dealing with anxiety and stress as a result of your cancer diagnosis. Additionally, fear of recurrence continues to be a major concern long after treatment is over.
  • Cancer treatments are changing — New ways of treating cancer such as oral chemotherapy, vaccines and targeted therapy are upon us. Look for even more discussion on these topics in the coming year.

Our goal for the Living with Cancer newsletter and blog is to provide the best knowledge, resources and support to live well as a survivor. Feel free to comment with ideas and suggestions for blog topics for 2013.


Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

Jan. 04, 2013