Finishing treatment for young adults

Redkite gives an overview of what finishing treatment can look like for young people with cancer. Although finishing treatment is a long anticipated event, often it will bring up a mixture of emotions. Even though you may feel excited to be going home, leaving the hospital can be scary.

While you’ve probably been wanting to sleep in your own bed, when faced with the reality of going home you might feel a bit anxious. This is normal. For a lot of people, the hospital and medical team become like a security blanket. You have a wonderful team of people looking after you and making sure everything is going the way it is supposed to.

Redkite offers some tips that may make you more comfortable to head home, including:

  • Keep your doctor or cancer care coordinator’s contact details handy. You can always call them if you’re worried about something
  • Chat to a counsellor who understands, like a member of the Redkite support team
  • Make a list of any follow up appointments or tests. Put them in your phone or set a reminder
  • If you haven’t already, join a support group and talk with other young people who have had similar experience returning to school or work

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on finishing treatment, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

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