Young Survival Coalition Releases Post-Treatment Navigator

December 10, 2012

The Latest Installment in YSC’s Free Navigator Series Identifies Six Areas in Which Young Breast Cancer Survivors Can Improve Their Quality of Life After Treatment Ends

New York, N.Y. (December 10, 2012) — A 2010 survey conducted by Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the first nonprofit organization to focus exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer, found that 86 percent of its post-treatment population did not have a survivorship care plan. To bridge this gap and help young breast cancer survivors navigate life after treatment, YSC today released What’s Next? A Young Woman’s Post-Treatment Navigator.

YSC’s Post-Treatment Navigator recommends six areas in which young breast cancer survivors can improve their quality of life after treatment ends:

  • Obtain a complete written summary of their diagnosis and treatment
  • Develop a post-treatment plan with healthcare providers
  • Understand and manage potential long-term side effects
  • Strive to comprehend emotions and those of loved ones
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Plan for the financial future and any career or job transitions

The Navigator also provides resources and practical advice, along with worksheets to track of treatment summaries and follow-up care plans.

“YSC aims to provide young women with resources and connections tailored to every stage of their breast cancer journey,” remarked Stacy Lewis, YSC’s chief program officer and deputy chief executive. “It’s clear that young women post-treatment are seeking out more education and support about long-term recovery and we want to validate that these questions and concerns are normal.”

YSC’s Navigators are designed to address the spectrum of a young woman’s breast cancer experience. The Post-Treatment Navigator, which is available for free at www.youngsurvival.org, is the third in the series. A Newly Diagnosed Resource Kit (NDRK) and Metastatic Navigator are also currently available, with a Long-Term Survivor resource planned for 2013.

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