Cancer survivors have unmet needs

12 January 2015

A new study, published in the journal Cancer, has shown that many people who survive the disease have both physical and mental needs that are unmet.

This is apparent even decades after their treatment has ended, and highlights the various physical and mental challenges that survivors have after their diagnosis. It is hoped these findings will help medical professionals better create and develop interventions that are tailored towards the specific problems of individuals.

This will become more important as far more people are surviving after a cancer diagnosis, some for a number of decades.

Mary Ann Burg, a professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and her colleagues analysed responses to an American Cancer Society survey. This included more than 1,500 cancer survivors who responded to an open-ended question about their unmet needs.

It found that the most frequent problems were physical, with more than a third (38 per cent) of those involved stating this issue. However, respondents also worried about financial problems related to the costs of treatment.

Posted by ​Edward Bartel 

 

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