What It’s Like to Live with Cancer
"Today, living with cancer has taken on a different meaning, with new realities, triumphs and challenges."
Sterling K. Brown, actor, TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNERTHIS IS US, BLACK PANTHER
"I try not to fear the future. After surviving two cancers, I’ve learned fear is an unwanted companion in my life."
REBECCA, TWO-TIME CANCER SURVIVOR
A person who has been diagnosed with cancer may be twice as likely to experience mental health issues compared to a person without the disease.
"Having cancer forced me to look within myself to find new meaning."
AJ, STAGE IV LUNG CANCER SURVIVOR
"During cancer, I felt very isolated. With COVID-19, I’m getting a lot of those same feelings."
BIN, ADVOCATE AND CANCER SURVIVOR
"Many cancer survivors feel a little lost. Everybody wants them to go back to normal, but life isn’t the same."
MELANIE GOLDFARB, MD, MSc, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ENDOCRINE SURGERY
"I used to have all these preconceptions about cancer. Now I know that cancer can affect anyone."
BRANDI, EWING SARCOMA SURVIVOR AND U.S. ARMY VETERAN
Healing the Mind
Against the Odds
Of the nearly
cancer survivors in the U.S. today, only 15 percent feel very prepared for life after treatment.
Despite this progress, research is only beginning to understand how cancer impacts us over time.
"Cancer has played a role in every decision I’ve made."
Jamie, Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at Age 27
"All I knew about cancer was death, and I didn't want to hear it."
AJ, Stage 4 Lung Cancer Survivor
"If you think in the way, this too shall pass, then it feels different. You know, if there's a will, there's a way."
Donna, Living with Multiple Myeloma
of cancer survivors say their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their mental and emotional well-being.
"Even though we are physically isolated, it doesn’t mean we need to be socially isolated."
MARCIA, CANCER SURVIVOR AND ADVOCATE
"When I faced cancer, the concept of ‘normal’ really changed for me. And now facing the pandemic, normal has changed once again."
Justin, Men's Health Advocate and Cancer Survivor
Reflections on coronavirus from an eight-year cancer survivor.
"What the entire world is living now is essentially what every stage 4 cancer survivor lives everyday — worry, uncertainty, change."
Rebecca, Two-Time Cancer Survivor
"Where I'm from, there's still a lot of shame around cancer."
Bin, Advocate and Cancer Survivor
"There's no cure for multiple myeloma. I'll be living with cancer for the rest of my life."
of caregivers for people with cancer find their role to be emotionally difficult.
"In some ways, Rebecca’s cancer has brought us closer and, in some ways, it has driven us apart."
Robert, Rebecca’s Partner
An initiative by Bristol Myers Squibb, Survivorship Today aims to share stories of people across the country who have been affected by cancer and advance our collective understanding of what it’s like to live with the disease today. We’re working with those featured to call attention to their personal triumphs and challenges, because with greater understanding, we can inspire more action and better support.