Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Making the transition from patient to survivor

This would be a great article to forward to friends and family. San Diego Union-Tribune reporter R.J. Igzelzi takes a look at life after cancer, and why so many patients feel lost and confused. Both the main article and the sidebar have a lot of sold information about the dilemmas survivors face.


Our health system focuses on curing the patient of cancer, but nobody is there to help people make the transition from patient to survivor.
“Once someone is diagnosed with cancer, they enter a whirlwind of medicine. But while we are amazing at keeping people alive, we fall short in caring for overall health,” says Dr. David Leopold, integrative medical specialist at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. “Once the disease has been managed, most doctors don’t have the time or training to manage the stress that people feel once they’re through with the treatment process.”
(read more from signonsandiego)

Here is a link to ACS's archive of newsletters for survivors

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