Cancer Survivorship – what is it ?

Feb 16, 2013   //   by admin   //   Blog  //  Comments Off

You will have noticed our blog is titled cancer survivorship. The term may not be familiar to everyone and to be honest definitions vary. It is a phrase which most would agree covers the physical, psychosocial, and economic issues encountered when living through and beyond cancer.

The National Cancer Institute (who have an excellent webpage dedicated to the topic – http://1.usa.gov/14SZzsN ) describe survivorship as covering the period from diagnosis until the end of life (be that from cancer or otherwise) and underline its’ focus on the health and experiences of those on their cancer journey, during and beyond diagnosis & treatment – this includes ongoing health needs, follow-up practice, concerns over disease recurrence and further treatment.

But because friends, family members, and caregivers are also affected by a cancer diagnosis, they too are included in this definition and arguably this may also encompass professional caregivers. We embrace this broad definition and whilst undoubtedly challenging hope that, during what for many is a difficult & traumatic period, we can enhance survivorship in all its aspects.

 

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