A cancer survivor is anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the rest of their life. With Vermont’s aging population, innovations in early detection, and improvements in diagnosis and treatment, there are more cancer survivors than ever living in the state.
Diagnosis of cancer can be a tremendous burden. Cancer is not always a disabling or fatal disease, but it can have long-term physical and emotional effects on an individual’s life. When the disease is terminal, compassionate and individualized end-of-life care is essential.