Better support for long-term symptoms is needed to help patients live life after cancer

Previous standards of cancer follow-up care and support may no longer meet current needs as improvements in screening practices, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer have put long-term survival beyond five years following diagnosis within reach for more than half of patients in Europe. While beating cancer should be followed by a return to normal life, the side-effects of anticancer medicines and impacts of the illness itself that sometimes persist after the end of treatment can hinder this process. Confirming the need for new approaches to cancer survivorship, a study [to be] presented at the ESMO Congress 2021 shows that a significant proportion of survivors continue to suffer from burdensome symptoms for several years and reveal widespread dissatisfaction with the assistance received.

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