The number of cancer survivors across the world is increasing due to many factors, including advances in diagnosis and treatment. With the average survivor lifespan also increasing, it is pressing that oncology nurses understand the unique health concerns and the long-term effects of cancer therapy. Nurses must be able to identify the barriers that threaten their patients' quality of life and present additional risk.
With support from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, ONS has produced the Red Flags in Caring for Cancer Survivors report to guide healthcare providers in managing patients throughout cancer survivorship. The report addresses how providers can assist their patients in accessing available resources, and how to maintain open communication between the oncologist and primary care physician. It also stresses the importance of assessment for physical and psychological changes that may relate to the patient's original cancer diagnosis.