Take care when you use the word survivor

Margaret I. Fitch


The Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology is in the process of updating the Survivorship Resource Modules, which ought to be ready early in the new year. These modules were first developed in 2011, but much has happened since then within the domain of cancer survivorship and the resource needs to be aligned with those developments. We continue to see a growing cadre of individuals who are living after a cancer diagnosis and treatment with no clinical evidence of disease or with ongoing therapies that control the disease. For some, cancer has become a chronic illness. With the advent of new screening approaches and targeted therapies, we can expect this trend in cancer survivorship to continue and, hopefully, spread around the globe.

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