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Palliative care of cancer survivors 

Palliative care of cancer survivors
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Palliative care of cancer survivors
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Mary S. McCabe

and Stacie Corcoran

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0043
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date: 12 November 2018

Being told you are cancer-free does not mean you are free of the consequences of the disease. Seventy-six percent of cancer survivors are over age 60 years and have coexisting medical conditions that complicate posttreatment recovery to maximum health. Childhood cancer survivors also carry a heavy burden of medical and psychological problems resulting from their experience with cancer. Cancer diagnosis and treatment affects the family as well as the patient. Improvements are needed in the coordination of care for cancer survivors to assure optimal quality of life.

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