Survivorship Topics

At Susan G. Komen®, we view a cancer survivor as anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and is living today. Because of major advances in diagnosis and screening, as well as better treatment for many types of cancer, many people are living longer with cancer.

Survivorship begins at the time of diagnosis and continues through the remainder of life. Cancer survivors go through different phases which include:

  1. Acute phase: when the person is diagnosed and undergoes active treatment
  2. Transitional phase: which follows immediately after completion of treatment
  3. Extended survival: which includes active surveillance and care including dealing with the long-term effects of treatment

There are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today. More than 85 percent of adults with breast cancer live at least five years beyond their diagnosis. While it’s tragic so many people have had breast cancer, the sheer number of survivors shows the great strides that have been made in early detection and treatment. Today, most breast cancer survivors lead long and fulfilling lives. Susan G. Komen appreciates all of the breast cancer survivors who help to further the Komen promise.

Visit for a complete list of common concerns and issues for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.