For cancer survivors, the transition from a life-threatening disease to a chronic, manageable illness has its own challenges.
June 7 is National Cancer Survivors Day — a time to celebrate the strength and courage of survivors, their families and caregivers. It’s a good time to remember that life after cancer can be fulfilling, rewarding and inspiring.
Survivorship is unique for each patient. It requires individualized care and education plans for patients, families and caregivers. The National Cancer Institute estimates that cancer survivors make up about 5% of the U.S. population and projects that by 2029, the number of cancer survivors will increase almost 30%.
For those survivors, the transition from a life-threatening disease to a chronic, manageable illness has its own challenges.
“Earlier detection, advanced diagnostics and rapid improvements in innovative and effective cancer treatments such as immunotherapy mean more patients are apt to require specialized care once their active cancer treatment is completed,” said Joseph M. Flynn, D.O., MPH, FACP, chief administrative officer, Norton Medical Group, and physician-in-chief, Norton Cancer Institute. “Survivorship programs help bridge that transition from the diagnosis of cancer, through treatment to ensure survivors thrive throughout life.”
Norton Cancer Institute Survivorship Program’s long-term plans allow for optimal care. Survivorship plans help patients and caregivers understand how cancer treatment can affect the patient throughout their life.