Linda A. Jacobs, PhD, RN; David J. Vaughn, MD
Jacobs LA, Vaughn DJ. Care of the Adult Cancer Survivor. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:ITC6-1. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-158-11-201306040-01006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(11):ITC6-1.
Over the past 4 decades, for many individuals cancer has transformed from a fatal to a more chronic disease. Approximately two thirds of patients diagnosed with cancer today will experience at least 5-year survival (1). Currently, the United States has an estimated 13 million cancer survivors, and this number is expected to grow. More than 40% of people born today in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives (2).
The rise in the number of cancer survivors has resulted from improved early detection, more effective therapies, and improvements in supportive care. In 1996, the National Cancer Institute established the Office of Cancer Survivorship in response to the growing number of long-term survivors of cancer. Still, there are major gaps in the care of these persons, according to a 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) (3). This report identified cancer survivorship as a distinct phase of care and outlined 4 essential components of this care (see the Box: Essential Components of Survivorship Care).
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