What does Survivorship mean?
Advances in early detection and improved treatment options means people are living longer after a cancer diagnosis. The American Cancer Society estimates that today there are nearly 410,740 cancer survivors living in Georgia.
So, who exactly is a cancer survivor? According to the National Cancer Institute, a cancer survivor is anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis until the end of life. The impact of cancer on family, friends, and caregivers of survivors is also acknowledged as part of the definition of cancer survivorship. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship defines survivorship as living with, through and beyond cancer.
Survivorship care has become increasingly important as the number of cancer survivors continues to grow. Research and recommendations by nationally-recognized organizations such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation have blossomed over the last several years. The long-term and late effects of cancer treatment have emphasized the need for survivorship programs that address the myriad of physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, and economic concerns experienced by this growing population.
The Cancer Survivorship Connection offers a space for cancer survivors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to access information, resources, and tools to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors here in Georgia. We are glad you’re here to help enhance the cancer survivorship culture in our state!
Resource: Moving on After Cancer (ACS)
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Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures 2016-2017
Estimated Numbers of Cancer Survivors by State as of January 1, 2016.
Needs Assessment: Assessment of distress, unmet needs, and receipt of care plans among cancer survivors in Georgia
In 2014, a convenience sample of Georgia cancer survivors completed a paper or online survey about the presence of and distress associated with unmet physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical needs, and receipt of assistance in those areas. They were also asked about receipt of cancer treatment and survivorship care plans.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Patient-Care Team Communication: How Can the Survivor Prepare to Manage a Lifetime of Care
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship hosted a free webinar titled, “Patient-Care Team Communication: How Can the Survivor Prepare to Manage a Lifetime of Care?” on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. This webinar was part of their Cancer Policy Advocate Training (CPAT) program. The CPAT program aims to train patient advocates on pressing cancer policy issues.
Dr. Deborah Mayer was the featured presenter. The webinar is appropriate for health care providers, oncology nurses, oncology social workers, caregivers, cancer survivors, and all others interested in survivorship care planning and management of long and late term effects as well as many additional survivorship issues.
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