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Survivorship: How to Survive Cancer and Still Lose Your Life

Yvette Colón
CJON 2017, 21(2), 147-148 DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.147-148

Cancer survivorship implies that the cancer has been treated and the survivor can return to his or her precancer life. The term fails to acknowledge the radical change to the person’s mind, body, and spirit, nor does it address the diminished quality of life that can occur secondary to treatment. The survivorship struggle is often overlooked as public interests lies only in “success stories.”

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