The number of people surviving a cancer diagnosis is increasing. Current statistics show that five year cancer survival rates have increased from 47 per cent in 1985 to 66 per cent in 2012. This improvement can be attributed to advances in prevention, early detection and treatment.
Cancer survivorship is an emerging field in cancer care. Research suggests that 20% of cancer survivors have ongoing side effects 1 to 5 years after diagnosis. Furthermore, international evidence highlights the need to address issues faced by cancer survivors coping with life during and beyond acute treatment.
If you would like to view more information on the long term treatment side effects of cancer go to Long Term Treatment Side Effects
If you would like to view more information about Cancer Survivorship in Australia go to the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre webpage.
Free online resources specific to cancer survivorship
Cancer Learning: Survivorship Learning Modules