Excellent Care for Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Fully Meet Their Needs in Medical Offices and in the Community

Excellent Care for Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Fully Meet Their Needs in Medical Offices and in the Community

Excellent Care for Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Fully Meet Their Needs in Medical Offices and in the Community

Excellent Care for Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Fully Meet Their Needs in Medical Offices and in the Community

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This year, an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States will hear the words, “you have cancer.” Due to advances in screening, early detection and treatment, there are more than 12 million cancer survivors in the United States today. While we should be encouraged that so many people are now surviving cancer—a relatively new phenomenon—the harsh truth is that for many individuals, being cured marks the beginning of life-long emotional, dayto-day and physical challenges related to cancer and its treatment.

At livestrong we recognize that while cancer may leave your body, it never leaves your life. Many cancer survivors find themselves unable to work, have children, or perform the daily activities they did before cancer. Some face debilitating medical and emotional problems they cannot conquer on their own. Cancer survivors need support throughout their lives to ensure they have appropriate medical care, including screening for secondary cancers and recurrences, access to services that address emotional concerns, and opportunities to engage as active participants in their health.

The 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition” provided a critical look at the issues experienced by survivors and recommended next steps to improve outcomes for them. the report recommends establishing post-treatment survivorship as a distinct phase of the cancer continuum for all survivors and their families. in recent years, a movement to embrace this challenge and provide effective care to the growing survivor population has taken shape. Yet, as the field of survivorship is relatively new, there is still much work to do in understanding how to develop a survivorship program, what cancer survivors are experiencing when treatment ends, and how different cancer types impact survivorship.

This book takes a comprehensive approach in addressing all three of these areas, providing not just information about what to expect but also practical advice on how to meet the needs of survivors and their families.

In developing a survivorship program, getting started can be one of the biggest obstacles. the authors thoughtfully address many of the hurdles, such as . . .

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