Each child’s experience with cancer is different. And each child’s experience as a cancer survivor is different. Some find that surviving cancer is just a small part of their life and their history. Others say it has greatly changed their life and the way they live it.
Being a childhood cancer survivor involves many periods of transition. There is the transition from being a child to an adult, the transition from a pediatric clinic to an adult clinic and the transition from having your parents oversee your healthcare to advocating for your own healthcare. There is also the transition from active treatment to being off treatment and then from being off treatment to long-term survival.
As time goes by, how you feel about being a survivor of childhood cancer, and the transitions you have gone through, can change.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.