Cancer Survivorship in Wisconsin

Almost 300,000 people in Wisconsin are living with a cancer diagnosis. In 2020, 35,280 more Wisconsinites are expected to join these ranks. The number of cancer survivors continues to grow because of a growing and aging population, and because of advances in early detection and screening.

Survivors, caregivers, and families often experience unique challenges, long-term health issues, and quality-of-life concerns.

Learn how we can better serve the diverse needs of this growing population, across the entire cancer care continuum.

How we define "cancer survivorship"

According to the National Cancer Institute, survivorship is: “the health and life of a person with a cancer, post-treatment until the end of life. This includes the physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial effects of cancer that begin at diagnosis and continue through treatment and beyond.

"The survivorship experience also includes issues related to follow-up care (including regular health and wellness checkups), late effects of treatment, cancer recurrence, second cancers, and quality of life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also considered part of the survivorship experience.”


This newly updated survival report provides a detailed breakdown of cancer survival in our state. Highlighted trends can help identify areas for improvement in prevention, screening, and early detection of different types of cancers.
In 2020, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveyed cancer survivors in Wisconsin about their survivorship experiences. This data brief summarizes the BRFSS findings and identifies opportunities to improve future surveys.
A new article published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal examines self-reported alcohol use during chemotherapy among cancer survivors as a basis for future research and interventions. Our authors found that alcohol use during chemotherapy is common and may increase the risk of complications.

Cancer Survivorship Educational Series

An educational series designed for cancer survivors to make the most of life after a cancer diagnosis. The series focuses on different aspects to decrease the effects of cancer and its treatment, enhancing the journey of survivorship.

The Current Status of Survivorship Care Provision at the State Level: a Wisconsin-Based Assessment

Read our latest research on cancer survivorship care provision in Wisconsin and learn about the state of survivorship care services in Wisconsin’s cancer facilities.

Free Continuing Education

Learn how to better survivors in your clinic or community, with this Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers. (External resource)

Survivorship Data

Explore cancer survivorship data in Wisconsin, with this detailed cancer survival report from the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System. (External resource)

Survivorship Summit Recap

View speaker materials from the 2019 Wisconsin Cancer Summit, featuring the theme, "Cancer Survivorship: Lessons from the Front Lines."

Cancer Survivorship Resources

A compilation of various survivorship resources aimed at helping health care providers and community partners looking to add or further incorporate cancer survivorship into their work.

Get Involved

How can we improve outcomes for survivors and caregivers in your community? Contact our Outreach Team for support, ideas, and resources to advance your cancer survivorship work.