Survivorship is the challenge faced daily by millions of Americans who have a history of cancer. Current statistics note that nearly 10 million people are cancer survivors. Today, over 62 percent of all persons with cancer are living 5 years after diagnosis. Survivorship, however, is not just about long-term survival. Instead, it is about one’s quality of life from diagnosis onward. It is living with, through, and beyond cancer.
As detection and treatments have improved, many types of cancers have shifted from acute to chronic diseases, and some cancers are now highly curable. The statistics are positive, but numbers do not really tell very much about how persons with cancer survive—physically, psychologically, socially, economically or spiritually. They do not tell us how people with a cancer diagnosis learn to live with fear and uncertainty or how they manage to be hopeful.
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