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Supportive care for neuroendocrine cancer
Supportive careSupportive careTreatment given to improve the quality of life of people who have a serious illness (such as cancer). helps people meet the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer. It is an important part of cancer care. There are many programs and services available to help meet the needs and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer and their loved ones, especially after treatment has ended.
Recovering from neuroendocrine cancer and adjusting to life after treatment is different for each person, depending on the extent of the disease, the type of treatment and many other factors. The end of cancer treatment may bring mixed emotions. Even though treatment has ended, there may be other issues to deal with, such as coping with long-term side effects.
For many people, flushing, diarrhea or other symptoms due to excess hormone levels is a real concern and can cause considerable distress. They may be afraid to go out and feel angry or upset. Some of these changes can be temporary, others will last a long time and some will be permanent.
A person who has been treated for neuroendocrine cancer may have the following concerns:
- control of persistent signs and symptoms associated with excessive hormone production
- risk of recurrence of the neuroendocrine cancer after successful treatment
- follow-up and active treatment of residual neuroendocrine cancer
- emotional support for this rare type of cancer
Seeing my sister Erin – a young mother – struggle with the emotional blow and then the physical toll of cancer treatment made me want to do something to help women feel confident.
Support from someone who has ‘been there’
The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program is a telephone support service that matches cancer patients and their caregivers with specially trained volunteers.