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Survivorship

Two cancer experts at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, MD, are advocating for greater focus on metastatic cancer survivorship and its impact on those living with incurable cancer, a situation they know all too well. Both are living with metastatic cancer and are urging the medical community to increase the study and awareness of this condition and improve the lives of this growing population.

“You’re supposed to celebrate your survival and get on with your life, but that’s also when the bills come due. So it becomes that much harder to ask for help,” said Ms Watson.

At the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, Erin Van Blarigan, ScD, advises that cancer survivors who follow the general recommendations for diet and exercise experience longer survival times and improved quality of life.

At the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP-C, AOCN, FAAN, explains how initial training in survivorship care is lacking for nurse practitioners, and how she and her colleagues developed a web-based training program to address this issue.

At the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, MPA, discusses the topic of cancer survivors returning to the workforce, and the multitude of barriers these individuals face when returning to work.

To effectively address socioeconomic disparities in healthcare, it is critical that we improve our understanding of the material, psychosocial, and behavioral dimensions of financial well-being, said Reginald D. Tucker-Seeley, MA, ScM, ScD, at the 2017 AACR Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference.

Childhood cancer therapy can be a double-edged sword; it often leads to a cure, but long after treatment ends, some survivors have treatment-related side effects.
Innovation takes time, especially when it comes to cancer research. However, delays in the adoption of novel oncology treatments can have a significant impact on patient health.
A survivorship visit and care plan are mandated for breast cancer survivors by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. These initiatives have improved the quality of follow-up care for cancer survivors and patient satisfaction, but survivorship programs are a work in progress, and some challenges remain as they evolve.
Guided by advances in genomic technology, healthcare has entered the era of precision medicine. With genetic testing now standard of care in oncology practice, cancer is at the forefront of this initiative, but providers still face many concerns.
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