I am a young mother, a working professional, and a stage IV cancer survivor. After I completed treatment, my doctors told me to come back in three months for scans and to “be well.” Years later, I still don’t know what it means to “be well” while I stare down the barrel of restaging scans. I have felt overwhelmed with anxiety, depression, and unprocessed trauma. This is the part of cancer treatment that nobody talks about, and I want to start talking!
What interventions work best to support patients’ well-being during this surprisingly difficult transition from cancer treatment back to the “real world”? Are there interventions tested among other populations, such as veteran reintegration programs, that would be useful to apply in this context? I will work toward convening a group of stakeholders to start thinking about the best way to formulate—and ultimately answer—these questions.