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What Cancer Costs You Later: $4,000 a Year

What Cancer Costs You Later: $4,000 a Year | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Having cancer is bad enough. And the lifetime consequences have been well-documented — a higher risk of other cancers, heart disease and general weakness from the treatment.


"Now a new federal study shows there’s a financial burden too — on average, $4,000 a year for men and $3,000 for women over and above what people who haven’t had cancer spend.


"And that’s just direct medical costs. Cancer survivors also have thousands in lost productivity, from having to cut work hours or even quit their jobs, the report finds."

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Minority of Oncologists and Primary Care Physicians Fully Discuss Survivorship Care Plans With Cancer Survivors

Minority of Oncologists and Primary Care Physicians Fully Discuss Survivorship Care Plans With Cancer Survivors | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Of 53 National Cancer Institute cancer centers, only 43% report implementing survivorship care plans for at least some of their cancer survivors. In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blanch-Hartigan et al found that a minority of a nationally representative sample of oncologists and primary care physicians routinely discuss all aspects of survivorship care or furnish survivorship care plans for cancer survivors."

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, May 24, 2014 3:42 PM

This is an ongoing issue...nearly a decade after 2005 studies showing the value of providing a care plan.  Time for implementation of a low cost strategy with a high quality of life impact potential....and how about a plan that isn't only focused on the medical experience?  Survivors also need a plan for living their life - we need a call for care plans that support the whole individual....now.

Teresa Levitch's curator insight, May 31, 2014 4:11 PM

This needs to change to save lives.

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Care of Cancer Survivors Often Falls Short

Care of Cancer Survivors Often Falls Short | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Most cancer patients enter survivorship with little direction from oncologists or primary care providers, according to a national survey.


"Two-thirds of 1,130 oncologists said they always or almost always discuss survivorship with patients, but only a third told patients where to seek cancer-related or other care. Fewer than 5% of oncology respondents provided patients with a written plan for survivorship care."

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Most Cancer Survivors Not Exercising Enough to Benefit

Most Cancer Survivors Not Exercising Enough to Benefit | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Despite the benefits that physical activity can offer, a mere 10% of cancer survivors are exercising enough to reap those benefits, according to research conducted by Yale Cancer Center and the Yale School of Public Health. The findings will be presented beginning April 5, at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2014, in San Diego."

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New Clinical Guidelines for Cancer-Related Fatigue

New Clinical Guidelines for Cancer-Related Fatigue | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Fatigue is a debilitating problem for cancer patients undergoing treatment; however, it also poses a huge detriment after treatment and can significantly affect quality of life. Approximately 30 percent of cancer patients endure persistent fatigue for several years after treatment, according to an American Society of Clinical Oncology Expert Panel co-chaired by Paul Jacobsen, Ph.D., associate center director of Population Sciences at Moffitt Cancer Center."

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Half of All Cancer Patients Now Survive at Least 10 Years

Half of All Cancer Patients Now Survive at Least 10 Years | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Fifty per cent of people diagnosed with cancer today will survive their disease for at least 10 years, according to landmark figures published by Cancer Research UK today.


"In the early 1970s just a quarter of people diagnosed with cancer survived 10 years.


"Today, Cancer Research UK sets out an ambitious new strategy to accelerate progress with the ambition that three-quarters (75 per cent) of all cancer patients diagnosed in 20 years time will survive at least 10 years."

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ASCO Releases First Three Guidelines on Cancer Survivorship Care

"The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued three evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the prevention and management of symptoms that affect many cancer survivors—neuropathy, fatigue and depression, and anxiety. The guidelines are the first three in a planned series of guidelines on survivorship care. The recommendations reinforce the need to care for the both physical and psychological needs of cancer survivors."


"The release of these guidelines come at a time when the number of people with a history of cancer in the United States has increased dramatically, from 3 million in 1971 to about 13.7 million today. Despite these important gains, cancer survivors still face a range of long-term challenges from their disease and its treatment.  Cancer survivors face an increased risk for other health problems, premature mortality and side-effects from treatment.  The transition from active treatment to post-treatment care is critical to optimal long-term health. If care is not planned and coordinated, cancer survivors are left without knowledge of their heightened risks and a follow-up plan of action.


"In addition to the guidelines, Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, has updated information for survivors that is based on ASCO’s latest recommendations."

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 17, 2014 11:30 AM

Great.  More guidelines.  How much money is spent on research, writing, studies and more to get to the finding that there is a, "need to care for the both physical and psychological needs of cancer survivors."  At some point, information must be turned into action - and many recommendations in survivorship these days come with mandates but no resources to implement or processes by which to initiate.


Cancer survivorship needs more funding and more insurance coverage, not more recommendations  - most of which have already been well documented and published for over a decade.  

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Beating Cancer Can Come with New Health Risks

Beating Cancer Can Come with New Health Risks | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Completing that final round of chemotherapy and being declared cancer-free is an unquestionable personal health milestone. But it also can mark the start of an uncertain new chapter in a cancer survivor's life story.


" 'The leading cause of death in cancer survivors is actually heart disease,' says Dr. Bruce Liang, director of UConn Health's Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. 'Patients who have had chemotherapy or radiation are at increased risked for developing heart disease, including heart failure.' "

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