First Aired: February 22, 2015
According to the Cancer Facts and Figures report for 2015, there are about 14.5 Americans alive with cancer. The survivorship definition has broadened over the last few decades and now refers to the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment and post-treatment.
In this program, we’re specifically talking about those who have completed treatment and who are entering a new stage of their cancer journey. That’s about 3% to 4% of the U.S. population, and the numbers continue to rise. And, about two-thirds of those diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years.
Being a cancer survivor is definitely a reason for celebration, but it’s also important for every survivor to plan for new opportunities and new challenges. So, it’s really important to know the truths about survivorship.
Our guest has been on That Cancer Show before, and we’re happy to welcome back Karen Tripp, a licensed marriage and family therapist near St. Louis, Missouri. She is also president and a trainer with Cancer Companions, a Christian-centered support program.