Nursing Resources: Preparing Patients for Life After Cancer Treatment

April 13, 2011

American Journal of Nursing

Cancer survivorship has grown tremendously over the past several decades, due in large part to advances in early detection and treatment.1 An estimated 12 million cancer survivors live in the United States today, up from 3 million in 1971.2 During cancer treatment, these survivors often experience adverse effects—such as fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, or cognitive impairment—that persist for months or years thereafter. Adverse effects may even develop months or years after cancer treatment has been completed; examples of such late effects include pain syndromes resulting from radiation-induced scar tissue or nerve damage, secondary cancers, lymphedema, cardiomyopathy, and osteoporosis.3, 4Read More

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