Videos About Cancer Survivors

Kathy Bates

Actor and cancer survivor Kathy Bates talks about lymphedema, a common side effect of cancer treatment.

Linda with a graphic that says "Hair Loss within two to four weeks"
Learn how Linda dealt with her experience of hair loss from chemotherapy treatment.
Linda with a cup of coffee at a café
Chat with Linda, a cancer survivor, about the stresses and concerns common for cancer survivors and how to find support.

Cancer Survivor Stories

Charity
When Charity was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, she faced a series of difficult decisions. Watch her video to learn what steps she took to be proactive about her health and her cancer risk, and what she wants young women to know about their health.
Carletta swimming
Carletta talks about how knowing her family history of breast cancer made it easier for her to be proactive about talking to her doctor when she noticed changes in her body. Carletta was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41, and she finished her first triathlon one year after her first chemotherapy treatment.
Photo of Cara
Cara discusses how her family history of breast cancer and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage inspired her proactive approach to her breast health, allowing her to find her breast cancer early when she was diagnosed at age 25.
Photo of Asaad and Leah in their living room.

When Leah was diagnosed with colorectal cancer from smoking, her 19-year-old son, Asaad, put his life on hold to take care of her.

Patient–Provider Communication: Improving the Mental Health of Cancer Survivors

This video series focuses on mental health issues that patients experience during and after cancer treatment, and how their health care providers can help them.

Provider Education for Mental Health Care of Cancer Survivors

During this free, web-based interactive training, providers can engage in role-play conversations with simulated cancer survivors to try different approaches to discussing mental health concerns identified through distress screening, and make appropriate referrals when indicated. This training also allows providers to get personalized feedback and gain the confidence and skills to lead similar conversations in real life.

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Learn about tools that health care providers can use to conduct distress screening with cancer survivors from Dr. Natasha Buchanan Lunsford.

Photo of Dr. Tonya Echols Cole and pediatric cancer survivor Amelia Ballard
For a patient, having a care team that works in a coordinated, informed way is key to his or her treatment and follow-up care after treatment. Oncologist Dr. Tonya Echols Cole speaks with pediatric cancer survivor Amelia Ballard about the importance of her medical team’s coordinated follow up care.
Photo of Dr. Tonya Echols Cole and cancer survivor Mari Brick
Cancer survivor Mari Brick talks to oncologist Dr. Tonya Echols about what it was like for her to adjust to life after cancer treatment.
Photo of Dr. Lynne Padgett and pediatric cancer survivor Amelia Ballard
“Chemo brain” is a phrase often used to refer to cognitive impairments like problems with learning, language, concentration, and memory during and after cancer treatment. Amelia Ballard, a cancer survivor, discusses how she was affected by some of these side effects of cancer treatment with Dr. Lynne Padgett, a clinical health psychologist.
Photo of Dr. Lynne Padgett and cancer survivor Reverend Dr. James Brewer-Calvert
For some cancer survivors, talking about mental health challenges is more difficult than talking about physical health concerns. Clinical health psychologist Dr. Lynne Padgett and cancer survivor Reverend Dr. James Brewer-Calvert discuss how cultural beliefs, worries about stigma, and negative attitudes about mental health can all play a role in how difficult these discussions can be.
Photo of Dr. Lynne Padgett and cancer survivor Brock Lamont
Cancer survivor Brock Lamont shares his experience with talking about mental health issues with his health care providers with Dr. Lynne Padgett, a clinical health psychologist.