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Steve Ford - August 2016
Macmillan Cancer Support recently published a report both celebrating advances in cancer treatment while reiterating the fact that more needs to be done to cope with increasing demand. Survival rates continue to rise, and with it a new set of survivorship issues must be addressed.
Macmillan finds that it is needing to redirect much of their focus from helping patients to survive to assisting survivors in having a good quality of life. Jane Maher, chief medical officer at Macmillan states. "While [cancer] is not always life-ending, it is life-changing and we need to ensure that people who have had the disease or who are living with it have a good quality of life and tailored appropriate support." And with this, the role of nurses is highlighted, and their ability to help provide guidance to their patients about how to handle such an enormous life-change.
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Original source: www.nursingtimes.net