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Addressing the needs of cancer survivors: issues and challenges

Addressing the needs of cancer survivors: issues and challenges
Addressing the needs of cancer survivors: issues and challenges
This paper reviews the consequences of improving cancer survival rates for health services and for future research. The good news that people are living longer following a cancer diagnosis brings with it consequences. There are growing numbers of people who live for many years following primary cancer treatment, yet little information exists as to the health and well-being of individuals with cancer over the long term. Data from the few studies of the well-being of cancer survivors suggest that while, in general, individuals report that they are in good health, a substantial minority experience long-term physical, social and economic consequences, and make extensive use of health services as a result. There are few services targeted at supporting long-term cancer survivors or minimizing the potential physical or emotional consequences to enable individuals to return to productive lives following treatment. A research agenda to address these issues is proposed.
Cancer, chronic illness, health outcome, incidence, prevalence, quality of life, survivorship
1473-7167
443-451
Corner, Jessica
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Corner, Jessica
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Corner, Jessica (2008) Addressing the needs of cancer survivors: issues and challenges. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, 8 (5), 443-451. (doi:10.1586/14737167.8.5.443).

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This paper reviews the consequences of improving cancer survival rates for health services and for future research. The good news that people are living longer following a cancer diagnosis brings with it consequences. There are growing numbers of people who live for many years following primary cancer treatment, yet little information exists as to the health and well-being of individuals with cancer over the long term. Data from the few studies of the well-being of cancer survivors suggest that while, in general, individuals report that they are in good health, a substantial minority experience long-term physical, social and economic consequences, and make extensive use of health services as a result. There are few services targeted at supporting long-term cancer survivors or minimizing the potential physical or emotional consequences to enable individuals to return to productive lives following treatment. A research agenda to address these issues is proposed.

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Published date: October 2008
Keywords: Cancer, chronic illness, health outcome, incidence, prevalence, quality of life, survivorship

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Local EPrints ID: 66892
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66892
ISSN: 1473-7167
PURE UUID: 3cdbc1e0-d568-4f05-b4ef-b3c3f70c7c27

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Date deposited: 30 Jul 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 23:49

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