March 1st 2007
As oncology professionals, we all look forward to seeing our successfully treated patients come in for their follow-up visits. In a busy day filled with making complex medical decisions, delivering bad news, managing symptoms, and dealing with insurance companies, it is a real highlight. These individuals are among the over 10 million cancer survivors in the United States and represent 3.5% of the population. However, along with these optimistic results come new challenges for survivors that require ongoing medical care and psychosocial support. Survivors face lifetime health risks that are dependent on the cancer, treatment exposures, genetic predispositions, comorbid health conditions, and lifestyle behaviors.