Those who are in remission from cancer and moving to post-treatment care tend have issues with anxiety, especially as it relates to the prospect of cancer returning, according to the American Cancer Society.
Corinne Leach, a gerontologist serving as the American Cancer Society’s strategic director of cancer and aging Research, has been studying the preparedness of survivors. Part of that has been developing a model that determines who is at risk and how best to help them.
“So far, we’ve been finding that survivors who feel the least prepared are also the survivors having the hardest time managing their physical cancer-related symptoms," she said in the release. "They also perceive the quality of their follow-up cancer-related care as being low, and they report that they had limited discussions about potential side effects from cancer and cancer treatment with their health care providers. Additionally, survivors who did a poorer job managing their cancer-related symptoms were generally younger, had other health issues, felt less prepared for re-entry, and had limited social support.”
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