No I don't make this stuff up. Someone finally did a study on people who have cancer once and rates of developing a new cancer. They found out lots of interesting things:
- Many people who have cancer once do not take steps to reduce the risk of getting a new cancer.
- People who are successfully treated for early breast or lung cancer are likely to live a long time, thus increasing their risk of developing a new cancer
- They are excluded from clinical trials which may prevent them from having access to the best potential treatment for thei new cancer
So where does this leave us?
- Post cancer patients should continue to see specialists after a cancer.
- They should receive counseling on how to reduce their risk of additional cancers even more than people who have not had cancer previously.
- Post cancer people should be included in clinical trials.
Us cancer people need to stick together and reduce our risk of more cancer