Improvement of side-effect management includes proactive education, emotional support, and frequent, comprehensive follow-up and monitoring throughout treatment for patients and their families.
Future studies should seek to determine whether and to what extent cancer care is impacted by the PPACA, as a recent study found that patients with testicular, stomach, and cervical cancers are more likely to be uninsured.
In September, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis,” which included recommendations aimed at ensuring that there is accessible, affordable, and high-caliber oncology care in the United States for the foreseeable future.
More than 25 years ago, Dr Fitzhugh Mullan described the seasons of survival in a narrative of his personal experience of being diagnosed and treated for cancer and facing the other side of the stethoscope in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1985.1 His description of cancer survivorship included an individual’s experience across the cancer continuum, from initial diagnosis through the remainder of life.
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