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A Patient-Centered Perspective on Cancer Survivorship

University of Michigan School of Social Work, 1080 S University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106, USA
Academic Editor: Jane Armer
J. Pers. Med. 2015, 5(2), 91-95; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm5020091
Received: 31 October 2014 / Revised: 7 April 2015 / Accepted: 10 April 2015 / Published: 15 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Long-term Cancer Survivorship)
Survivorship is a complicated notion because people often confuse a process of survivorship with a mythic identity of being a cancer survivor. This confusion may be a distraction to addressing the real-life struggles and challenges experienced by all people diagnosed with cancer. A more expansive perspective of survivorship, one that attends to patients’ physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and existential challenges throughout a continuum of care, would be more in line with what is known empirically about people’s experiences with cancer. In an effort to gain a patient-centered perspective on cancer, and one that emphasizes multiple dimensions of cancer survivorship, the author reports findings from a non-scientific social media poll (via Facebook and personal emails) in which survivors and colleagues working in the field of cancer survivorship answered the question: What does cancer survivorship mean to you? The comments are enlightening and useful for guiding the development of a patient-centered, and, thus, more comprehensive, approach to caring for people affected by cancer. View Full-Text
Keywords: patient-centered; survivorship; psychosocial; quality of life; qualitative research patient-centered; survivorship; psychosocial; quality of life; qualitative research
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Zebrack, B. A Patient-Centered Perspective on Cancer Survivorship. J. Pers. Med. 2015, 5, 91-95.

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