9 Tips for Living Well After Cancer
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Surviving cancer brings new challenges.

Thanks to advances in medical science, more people than ever before are surviving cancer. Nearly 14 million of today’s Americans have survived a cancer diagnosis, and cancer survivors are living longer, healthier lives now than at any point in the past.


Yet cancer survivorship can be confusing. After working so closely with so many healthcare providers for so long, it can feel unsettling to go months between appointments. Furthermore, many cancer survivors deal with lingering side effects. These tips will help you live well after cancer.

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