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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Categorization of Cancer Survivors: Why We Need It (open access)



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In conclusion, proper categorization of persons now broadly defined as cancer survivors can provide support to risk-based survivorship care, new clinical and organizational approaches, and improved follow-up and surveillance recommendation and guidelines. Although dilemmas and differences in clinical approaches need to be addressed thoroughly in the shift toward accurate categorization of cancer survivors, we believe that the current lack of distinction among survivors negatively affects communication with our patients and families, patient adherence to clinical recommendations, and effectiveness of survivorship care in different delivery contexts. In contrast, the study and application of categories of survivorship might help us avoid the infliction of psychological burdens of over medicalization and potential social stigmatization on some of our patients and foster adequate follow-up, surveillance and global care for others.

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