Surviving cancer or “survivorship” can be defined as the process of living with, through and beyond cancer; cancer survivorship begins at diagnosis and includes people who continue to have treatment to either reduce risk of reoccurrence or to manage chronic disease.
Approximately 12 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with cancer and 68% of those are expected to live at least five years beyond their diagnosis. Survival rates have increased significantly over the past 40 years due to developments of the following:
- Improvements in screening and early detection
- Improvements in treatment
- More effective treatment of side effects
- Development of targeted therapies