Surviving Cancer

Surviving and thriving during and after cancer treatment

You know, and we know, that adverse side effects from chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments can last for years. That isn’t acceptable for you, your loved ones, your care team, or the scientists who developed the treatments.

Researchers call these side effects “toxicities”—a word they want to eliminate from every cancer patient’s vocabulary.

At IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, some of the world’s leading experts on cancer survivorship are finding ways to predict who is susceptible to toxicities in cancer therapies, then alter treatment or develop preventive measures. We'll help you navigate your care and your lifelong recovery.

We’re doing an amazing job at curing a lot of people with cancer. Now we need to figure out better ways to help them get completely back to normalcy, or life after treatment.

Dr. Jamie Renbarger — Caroline Symmes Professor of Pediatric Cancer Research

The Platinum Study: Finding a better “new normal”

Testicular cancer is a highly curable disease, but we still have unanswered questions about long-term effects of the most common treatment: a platinum-based chemotherapy drug called cisplatin.

The Platinum Study aims to identify genetic variants associated with cisplatin-related toxicities, focusing on testicular cancer survivors—an ideal group for these specific research questions, given their young age at diagnosis, curability, and relative uniformity of cancer treatment.

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Cancer Resource Center

First floor, 1030 W. Michigan St.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday


The Cancer Resource Center offers cancer patients with information and education to help them navigate through their cancer journey. Our trained volunteers and staff can connect patients and families with information about diagnosis and treatment, as well as community programs and support services to help with day-to-day concerns and overall well-being.

We want patients to not only live, but live well.

Dr. Tarah Ballinger — Vera Bradley Foundation Scholar in Breast Cancer Research

  • American Cancer Society – Cancer-related appointments only – 800.227.2345 
  • Little Red Door – 317.925.5595 


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