My friend, fellow breast cancer survivor Gai Comans, has just released a new guide called “Survivor Secrets – Empower Your Life”. And, alongside some other names which will be familiar to you, I am honored to be one of the 21 inspirational survivors interviewed.
Recently, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released an updated cancer survivorship care planning (SCP) template—news that was captured by several medical online news outlets including Healio, Medscape, and Cancer.net.
Patient rights and empowerment movements have grown exponentially over the last decade. Shared data movements and clinical decision making may employ slogans like having a voice, nothing about me, without me, and give me my damn data, all these expressions share the language of loss and blame.
I would argue that today the passive patient, or at least the passive patient and his/her care support team, is likely to get the short end of the stick. So whose responsibility is it to make you active rather than passive, to be sort of an “impatient” rather than a “patient?” Yours!
Cancer treatment is complex and often requires management with a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy all with potentially significant acute and late side toxicities. As a consequence the information received by patients following diagnosis can be overwhelming. It is standard practice to provide patients with written information related to their cancer treatment however in an increasingly electronic age is electronic exchange and access to information more appropriate
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