As of January 2019, it is estimated that there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. This number is set to increase by as much as 29.1% bringing the total to 21.7 million, by 2029.
But who is a Cancer Survivor?
• They have no signs of cancer after finishing treatment.
• They are living with, through, and beyond cancer. The stages of cancer survivorship separated into three areas:
• Living with cancer – Receiving a cancer diagnosis and the treatment that may follow.
• Living through cancer – This is a period of time in which one may be going through treatment, but the risk of the cancer recurring is high.
• Living beyond cancer – During this time, survivors will go back to care under their primary doctor and create a post-treatment survivorship plan.
Many cancer survivors face short-and long-term physical, emotional, psychosocial and socio-economic issues that require intervention. Practitioners incorporate plans for cancer survivors as an integral component of a new standard of comprehensive, economically-viable cancer care.
Though the overall cancer death rate has declined, much work remains.
For more information on Cancer Survivorship please reach out to our team directly at, www.nycancer.com.