Cancer survivorship: living with or beyond cancer
Nicola J Davies Project evaluation co-ordinator (cancer self-management), Macmillan Cancer Support
An estimated two million people in the UK are living with or beyond cancer – they are cancer ‘survivors’. The disease is no longer a death sentence but a chronic condition for many people. As a result, many people are living with the long-term physical and psychosocial implications of cancer and its treatment. Nurses play a pivotal role in providing advice, guidance, education and support to cancer survivors. They help develop and implement new ways of working, including extended patient follow up, more ambulatory care and greater patien/provider partnership interactions. This not only helps to enhance the support available to survivors, but also provides opportunities for specialist nurses to use and develop their clinical and interpersonal skills.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 8, 7, 29-35. doi: 10.7748/cnp2009.09.8.7.29.c7258