Survivorship

Health gap between childhood cancer survivors and siblings widens with age

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Adult survivors of childhood cancer face significant health problems as they age and are five times more likely than their siblings to develop new cancers.

Younger men benefit most from surgery for localized prostate cancer

Younger men benefit most from surgery for localized prostate cancer

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A new study found substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized prostate cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy.

Elevated morbidity long-lasting for childhood cancer survivors

Elevated morbidity long-lasting for childhood cancer survivors

The increased risk of a severe, disabling, life-threatening, or fatal health condition persists to age 50 years for many childhood cancer survivors.

Yoga improves fatigue and reduces inflammatory markers in breast cancer survivors

Yoga improves fatigue and reduces inflammatory markers in breast cancer survivors

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Improvements in fatigue, IL-6, TNF-a, and IL-1B seen in a clinical trial that measured the effects of yoga practice in women survivors of breast cancer.

Yoga beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Yoga beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Twelve-week intervention linked to improved fatigue, vitality, lower levels of proinflammatory cytokines in participants.

Study shows pregnancy is possible for many female childhood cancer survivors

Study shows pregnancy is possible for many female childhood cancer survivors

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Many women who are survivors of childhood cancer can become pregnant. This good news comes from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, in which nearly two-thirds of the women in the survivor group, initially unsuccessful at becoming pregnant, eventually conceived.

Fertility preservation neglected at most cancer centers

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The leading National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers may not adequately help patients protect their fertility.

A cancer diagnosis is more likely to be career-limiting for patients in rural areas

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Compared with their counterparts in cities, cancer patients living in rural areas tend to retire early after a cancer diagnosis, and are less likely to go on paid disability leave while undergoing treatment. These are some of the insights drawn from research that sought to determine the impact of a cancer diagnosis on life choices.

Exercise improves drug-associated joint pain in breast cancer survivors

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Breast cancer survivors taking AIs, such as anastrozole, letrozole, and exemestane, experienced a reduction in joint pain if they exercised while on treatment. These results were presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Older breast cancer survivors should keep exercising

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Older breast cancer survivors should follow an ongoing exercise program of resistance and impact training. Newly published research found that the bone benefit from 1 year of such training could be maintained, even with less exercise, up to a year later, which could help prevent bone fractures in the long run.

Supporting others brings healing to breast cancer survivors

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A new study finds that survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplant, an aggressive treatment for blood cancers, benefited from a two-part peer support process. The authors called this peer support process "expressive helping."

Risk of frailty at an early age higher in adult survivors of childhood cancer

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Young adults who survived childhood cancer are more likely than their peers to be frail, according to a study.

Physical therapy and cancer: Motion and mobility before and after cancer treatment

Physical therapy and cancer: Motion and mobility before and after cancer treatment

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As with any treatment regimen that results in physical impairment, patients with cancer need rehabilitation therapy to return to baseline functioning.

Positive personal growth after a breast cancer diagnosis

Positive personal growth after a breast cancer diagnosis

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Although a breast cancer diagnosis is usually an extremely stressful experience for most women, a new study has found that there also can be unexpected benefits.

ASCO endores Cancer Care Ontario's CRC follow-up guidelines

ASCO endores Cancer Care Ontario's CRC follow-up guidelines

Surveillance should be planned according to presumed risk of recurrence and patients' functional status.

Addressing the psychological impact of BRCA testing

Addressing the psychological impact of BRCA testing

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A genetic predisposition to cancer is not the same as having cancer. Support for patients with the BRCA gene mutation should meet these unique needs.

Preventable risk factors threaten heart health of childhood cancer survivors

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Risk factors associated with lifestyle, particularly hypertension, dramatically increase the likelihood of childhood cancer survivors developing serious heart problems as adults, according to a newly reported national study.

Costs keep older rural cancer survivors away from health services

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Reducing disparities between urban and rural health care may involve addressing out-of-pocket costs, particularly for older persons who have survived cancer, researchers found.

Easing patients' transition to survivorship

Easing patients' transition to survivorship

Survivorship plans should be based on patients' answers to these basic questions about their goals and wishes after treatment ends.

Secondary cancers: When treatment ­increases the risk of disease

Secondary cancers: When treatment ­increases the risk of disease

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Which cancer treatments can cause other cancers later in life?

Establishing survivorship care in a community-based center

Establishing survivorship care in a community-based center

When should survivorship care begin? The definition of a cancer survivor and strategies for educating and engaging survivors in their care are explored.

Hodgkin treatment raises risk for stomach cancer

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Survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma who received subdiaphragmatic radiotherapy had dose-dependent increased risk for stomach cancer, researchers discovered.

Cardiac risk in adult survivors of childhood cancer examined

Cardiac risk in adult survivors of childhood cancer examined

Modifiable cardiovascular risk factors contribute to the development of major cardiac events in adult survivors of childhood cancer.

Survivorship care planning

Survivorship care planning

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Do nurses participate in survivorship care planning?

Survivorship care plans empower patients

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A majority of cancer survivors gave the information provided through care plans a favorable rating, according to a new study that examined the online LIVESTRONG Care Plan.

Patient binders: Creating a tool that helps patients and nurses

Patient binders: Creating a tool that helps patients and nurses

A survey of information needs helped this oncology unit create a teaching tool that helped to educate the nurses as well as their patients.

Quality of life suffers with perceived infertility for female cancer survivors

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In a prospective study of female cancer survivors under age 40 years, self-opinions of fertility status based on menstrual cycle influenced quality of life (QoL) more strongly than did objective markers of ovarian reserve.

Understanding the fragility of mental health in survivorship

Understanding the fragility of mental health in survivorship

Patients' questions and concerns about their cancer future and their life after treatment can cause a "pile-up effect" that overwhelms them.

Depression common in head & neck cancer survivors

Depression common in head & neck cancer survivors

Depression is fairly consistent through five years post-radiotherapy; treatments are underutilized.

"Prehabilitate" patients with cancer prior to treatment

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Persons who have just learned that they have cancer can benefit from cancer prehabilitation, interventions that take place between diagnosis and treatment initiation.

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