Survivorship

“Survivors of different ages, different lifestyles, and different cultures need different types of resources, and the number of resources that are needed is huge,” Dr Messner added.

“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.

Because of the growing prevalence of cancer survivorship, the financial burden of cancer is becoming increasingly overwhelming for patients not only immediately after a cancer diagnosis, but often many years after treatment, said K. Robin Yabroff, PhD, MBA, of the American Cancer Society.

According to findings from a national representative sample presented at the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, fear of cancer recurrence is prevalent among cancer survivors, but may only be experienced by a minority of patients.

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.

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