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.
When I was about 21, I felt a hard place at the top of my right breast. Of course, I started worrying that I might have breast cancer, but I was too scared to call the doctor about it. But when I went for my next check-up, I told him I found a lump. He felt it and said, “That’s not a lump. That’s your muscle.” “But it’s…