Transitioning as a newly-diagnosed cancer patient to a survivor is a complex process. Long-term health risks are top-of-mind and the fear of cancer returning never fully fades. Many patients report experiencing feelings of fear, dread, distress, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, isolation and loneliness even when they are surrounded by loved ones who support them.
Many resources are raised and expended on cancer awareness, prevention, and research, but little is being done to address the physical, emotional and psychosocial effects of cancer. With more than 16.9 million Americans alive today with their own personal cancer survival story, there is much work to be done to support this growing community.
Cancer Kinship seeks to help patients adjust to their “new normal” lives as survivors. We believe that our programs and services will empower patients and survivors to take control of their health and future, resulting in the overall cancer community – our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends – living longer, happier and more impactful lives.