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Professional Issues

Call for Action: Caring for the United States' Aging Cancer Survivors

Guadalupe R. Palos
Fran Zandstra
CJON 2013, 17(1), 88-90 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.88-90

The United States is undergoing significant societal shifts that will have profound implications for the professional practice of oncology nurses, including the aging of the nation's baby boomers and an anticipated increase in cancer survivors. Understanding of the confluence of those factors and their impact on survivors' physical and psychological outcomes remains limited. Nurses may be aware of advances in general survivorship care but may not have the specific knowledge and skills to meet the distinctive needs of older adult cancer survivors. The authors call for a paradigm change in nursing practice, which will increase awareness across professional specialties that survivorship care for older adults is a professional obligation of all nurses.

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