Living life after cancer treatment: a nurse-led support service
Alison Richardson Professor of cancer and palliative nursing Care, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London
Mairead Griffin Lead cancer nurse, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Cath Miller Cancer Implementation Team – programme manager, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Iain McNeil Medical director, Pfizer Health Solutions
Until relatively recently, scant attention has been paid to life after cancer treatment in the healthcare system. Given that half the people diagnosed with cancer in the UK now survive more than five years, this article describes a new initiative aimed at enhancing the quality of life of cancer survivors, their families and carers by improving access to appropriate information and providing ongoing support. The initiative is designed to help cancer survivors lead the life they want and to take control of their health. It will be among the first such programmes that contribute evidence on how best to deliver survivorship care.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 7, 10,36-38. doi: 10.7748/cnp2008.12.7.10.36.c7553