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 my hands and feet started hurting about a year after I finished chemo, my oncologist said I had, "Taxol toes." She went on to explain that a more accurate term is peripheral neuropathy, which means nerve damage in the extremities--hands and feet. My hands and feet felt like they were asleep. I frequently dropped things, and I…