Opinion: ‘Reentry’ after cancer treatment offers lessons for emerging from the pandemic

An interesting and important period in the life of cancer survivors begins when major treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy, end. Known as reentry, this phase of cancer recovery offers lessons for Americans as the pandemic ever so slowly — and fitfully — recedes in the U.S.

Consider the experience of physician Elizabeth McKinley, who wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine about completing cancer treatment: “After my very last radiation treatment for breast cancer, I lay on a cold steel table hairless, half-dressed, and astonished by the tears streaming down my face. I thought I would feel happy about finally reaching the end of treatment, but instead I was sobbing.”

Read the rest…