What is cancer survivorship?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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Survivorship has become an important aspect of cancer care. With the development of targeted and multi-modality treatments, and more effective treatments generally, prolonged survival or even cure has become commonplace for patients with certain cancers, such as testicular cancer, some lymphomas, breast cancer, colon cancer, and some leukemias, among others.

In the United States over the past 3 decades, the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined increased 20 percentage points in whites, to 68%, and 24 percentage points in blacks, to 61%. [1] As of January 1, 2016, more than 15.5 million cancer survivors were alive in the United States; by January 1, 2026, that number is expected to increase to more than 20 million. [2]


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