Cancer Survivorship

This information is useful for children and adults
cancer survivor
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Offering patients an individualized wellness plan for life after cancer diagnosis
  • Providing fitness, wellness, nutrition and counseling for survivors and families
  • Helping couples deal with sexual intimacy issues in remission

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it's important to know that more and more patients are surviving the disease. 

Because the medical community continues to make extraordinary strides in cancer treatment, an increasing number of patients are recovering from cancer and going on to live long and healthy lives. In 1992, cancer survivors made up about 2.5 percent of the United States population. In 2022, experts predict that more than 5 percent of the population will have survived cancer. 

Most survivors will want to take action to make sure their cancer doesn’t come back. That's where our cancer Survivorship Program can help. Our team of experts meet with patients to help them readjust to daily life after diagnosis and treatment. "Patients walk away with an individual treatment summary and survivorship care plan," says Tara Sanft, MD, medical director of adult survivorship for the program. She is also a professor of medical oncology at the Yale School of Medicine. 

At Yale Medicine, we recognize that a growing number of survivors may feel alienated or frustrated by challenges they face once in remission. Our Survivorship Program brings together doctors from across disciplines to help patients and families with every aspect of life after cancer. These experts offer consultations on overall wellness, nutrition, exercise, strategies for coping with physical and sexual intimacy changes after surgery or chemotherapy and up-to-date information on the most recent research related to remission.

The Cancer Center brings together a team of leading oncologists, clinicians and scientists. The main goal of the program is to offer each patient a customized treatment plan and a roadmap for life after cancer. Often, former cancer patients have questions that go beyond the scope of their oncologist’s expertise.

For example, they might have questions about which exercise program is best for them or which diet might suit their busy work schedule. Our providers offer patients and families information on wellness and support services. In addition, the program helps coach each patient on the best ways to prevent cancer from coming back.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.