Survivorship: the new kid on the block?. Jackie Turnpenney, National Cancer Action Team September 2012. “ We can no longer save people from drowning and then leave them on the dock to cough and splutter on their own in the belief that we have performed all we can” ( Mullan 1985).
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Jackie Turnpenney, National Cancer Action Team
The current system for follow-up isn’t going to work
How will we meet the physical, psychological and social needs?
‘It should be noted that half the patient population is over 65; many older women live alone and may need practical help with their everyday lives.’ (Breast Cancer IOG)
‘Not enough attention has been given to the long term consequences of a cancer diagnosis for the ever increasing number of individuals surviving the disease or as to how to enable individuals to return to active lives following the completion of initial cancer treatments’
Publication of the new vision document
‘Its just supportive and palliative care by another name’
‘If palliative care started earlier that would address the problem’