COSA 2016: Researchers presenting at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) and Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trial Group (ANZBCTG) joint Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) said that cancer survivors needs aren’t been met through mainstream healthcare.
A study by the Concord Cancer Centre found that breast cancer survivors were likely to experience ongoing symptoms such as fatigue (64%), insomnia (58%), hot flushes (58%), pain (53%), sore hands/feet (47%) and numbness (42%). Many were also experiencing psychological distress (54%) and fear of cancer recurrence (72%).
Professor Janette Vardy, from the Concord Cancer Centre, said that the results show that cancer survivors need more comprehensive support and care.
“The Sydney Survivorship Centre is the only institution of its kind in Australia that provides a multidisciplinary clinic and support to cancer survivors after they complete primary treatment. Each client has access to a medical oncologist or haematologist, cancer nurse specialist, dietitian, clinical psychologist and exercise physiologist.
“As well as helping bridge the gap between primary treatment and ongoing care, by providing well-rounded care we are aiming to ultimately improve the health outcomes for cancer survivors and reduce their risk of cancer returning,” said Professor Vardy.
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