Facing Post-Cancer Treatment Issues

September 27, 2012

Linda Jacobs, PhD, RN, director of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence in the Abramson Cancer Center, and Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, are quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about breast cancer survivorship care. A key component of making the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor is the creation of a survivorship care plan, but studies show that fewer than 20 percent of patients receive information on how to create one. "It's very important," Jacobs said. "Cancer is a trajectory. The end of treatment is not, 'I'm finished and out.' It's the next part of care." That may help patients to prepare for physical complications they may experience as a result of care, which can be "shocking and upsetting" said Schmitz. Her research has shown more than 60 percent of breast cancer survivors report at least one treatment-related complication even six years after their diagnosis.

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