Stopping treatment after having breast cancer can be both liberating and terrifying. While it may be nice to end the treatments and medications and the side effects and complications that can go with them, it can also be scary to leave the almost constant care of doctors and the treatments that got you to the point where you are now. However, there is an increasing demand for continued care for survivors, not just patients, and oncologists are stepping up to take on this responsibility.
A few years ago our daughter Sara called me. Diane, the mother of one of her friends, had just been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, and Sara wanted to know if I would call and talk to her about my experience. Over the course of the next year Diane and I developed a phone and email friendship centered on her treatment…