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Most Common Unmet Needs Cancer Survivors Face

Why is it important to be aware of the common unmet needs cancer survivors face?

Being aware of the common unmet needs many cancer survivors face can improve the level of care you offer as a healthcare professional, as well as enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors in your care.

The most common unmet needs often fall into two distinct categories: physical and emotional. According to a recent LIVESTRONG report, common physical challenges experienced by cancer survivors include fatigue, concentration, sexual functioning, and neuropathy. The report highlights fear of recurrence, anxiety or depression, grief, and concern for family members’ risk as the greatest emotional challenges experienced by cancer survivors.

On average, 20% or fewer of the cancer survivors who reported experiencing these issues received care for them. It is crucial that healthcare professionals involved in all levels of cancer survivors’ care be aware of these common unmet needs in order to identify them early and help alleviate them. Since cancer survivors often transition back to a primary healthcare provider following active treatment for their cancer, it is important that professionals outside of the oncology field are also aware of these concerns and needs.

Resources

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IOM Report Delivering Quality Cancer Care

Last Updated: 6/23/2019 3:41:29 PM

For Healthcare Professionals

Cancer Survivorship Connection

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Three women, three cancer survivorship journeys, three missions resulting in nonprofits started to help and support others fighting cancer.

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Lung Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

GASCO encourages all our members and members of the survivorship community to view the new video produced by the Medical Association of Georgia as the November offering of their "Top Docs" program.

12/04/2020

 Screening & Genetics

Georgia Tech’s Durham picked to lead cancer organization

Lynn Durham has been named the new president and CEO of Georgia CORE. Durham, currently Georgia Tech vice president for institute relations, will replace Nancy Paris, who has led Georgia CORE since its inception and is retiring.

12/07/2020

 About

Georgia CORE and partners win five-year grant for colorectal cancer prevention

The CDC-funded program will bring colorectal screening, navigation and colonoscopies to 15,000 people in southeast and southwest Georgia.

7/08/2020

Nancy Paris elevates cancer treatment and research in Georgia

Nancy Paris has served as president and CEO of Georgia CORE since its creation in 2005. At the end of the year, she will be retiring after spending her entire career in healthcare, during which she focused on addressing community health issues including homelessness, HIV/AIDS and rural health.

11/09/2020

Georgia CORE

 

Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among the state’s cancer organizations and institutions to connect more Georgians to quality, personalized cancer care. We welcome you to this one-of-a-kind online information center for all things related to cancer and survivorship care in Georgia.