J Korean Oncol Nurs.  2010 Feb;10(1):19-29.

Understanding Cancer Survivorship and Its New Perspectives

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, Korea. soohyun@inha.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this article was to review and discuss the current status, issues, and nursing perspectives of cancer survivorship.
METHODS
A comprehensive literature review was conducted.
RESULTS
The major areas of concern for the survivors included recurrence, secondary malignancies, and long-term treatment sequalae which affect their quality of life. The four essential components of survivorship are prevention, surveillance, intervention, and coordination. Cancer survivorship care plan should address survivor's long-term care, such as types of cancer, treatment modalities, potential side effects, and recommendations for follow-up. It also needs to include preventive practices, health maintenance and well-being, information on legal protections regarding employment and health insurance, as well as psychosocial services in the community. Survivorship care for cancer patients requires multidisciplinary efforts and team approach.
CONCLUSION
Nurses are uniquely positioned to play a key role in ensuring quality services for cancer survivors and family members. Nurses should review the care plans for cancer survivorship with patients and families by instructing them when to seek medical treatment, promoting any recommended surveillance protocols, and encouraging healthy life styles for health promotion and quality of life.

Keyword

Cancer; Survivors; Survivorship; Quality of life; Nursing

MeSH Terms

Employment
Follow-Up Studies
Health Promotion
Humans
Insurance, Health
Life Style
Long-Term Care
Quality of Life
Recurrence
Survival Rate
Survivors
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