Brief Communication: Contrasting patient and family member perspectives about cognitive changes following cancer therapy

Margaret I. Fitch


Understanding about survivorship experiences is growing, as the number of cancer survivors increases. In Canada, it is projected that the overall number of new cancer cases in 2030 will be almost 80% higher than in 2005 (Canadian Cancer Society, 2018a). The overall five-year survival rate has increased from 53% in early 1990s to approximately 60% in recent years (Canadian Cancer Society, 2018b). An estimated 2.2 million Canadians will be living after a cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2031 compared to 810,045 in 2009 (Mattison et al., 2018).

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