Research on Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors

February 16, 2018
Greg Guthrie, ASCO staff

The 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research is being held February 16 and 17 in Orlando, FL. This collaborative meeting is designed to help health professionals working in the cancer care system understand the needs of survivors and to help develop models of care to support them.share on twitter

In this podcast, Timothy Gilligan, MD, FASCO, discusses some of the research that will be presented at this symposium. Here are some of the quality-of-life topics that Dr. Gilligan covers:

  • Financial hardship affects many cancer survivors physically and emotionally [2:05].

  • Transitioning to follow-up care with a trained primary care doctor can be just as helpful for survivors as continuing to see the oncologist [3:13].

  • Identifying and measuring the benefits of survivorship care plans [5:10].

  • Long-term survivors of colorectal cancer have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease [6:48].

  • Examining the question of whether there is a relationship between treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, early menopause, and the risk of cardiovascular disease [8:16].

  • Paying attention to signs of psychological distress in survivors of head and neck cancer and pancreatic cancer, who have higher rates of suicide [9:15].

  • How common fear of recurrence is among survivors and how to provide effective psychological help for those very concerned about recurrence [10:50].

Dr. Gilligan is the Cancer.Net Specialty Editor for genitourinary cancers and a member of the News Planning Team for the Cancer Survivorship Symposium.

This is a prerecorded audio podcast. It can be listened to online or downloaded to your computer. A transcript of this podcast is also available. For more information, visit the Cancer.Net podcast page.