Survivorship Care

Survivorship Programs an Emerging Need, But Are They Cost-Effective?

Caroline Helwick

October 2011, Vol 2, No 6 - Survivorship Care

The population of cancer survivors is rapidly growing. More than 12 million Americans are alive after a cancer diagnosis: most are living at least 5 years and 16% are alive 20 years after diagnosis.

This growing population of cancer survivors is at risk for many comorbidities, especially as they age. A study of 10,397 childhood cancer survivors showed that group is 8 times more likely to have a severe or life-threatening condition than their siblings (Oeffinger K, et al. N Engl J Med. 2006; 355:1572-1582).

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