Enhancing quality of life

Cancer is a disease with an acute phase, but we recognise that it can evolve to become a long-term condition. Appropriate management, such as that delivered to people with diabetes and asthma, can help to provide patients with the best quality of life.

This is good news, but survival brings its own challenges to the individual and to the health economy. No longer can we afford to follow up cancer patients indefinitely after successful treatment, due to the sheer numbers involved. Long-term follow up also involves inconvenience and stress for the patients. Equally, it is quite wrong to discharge individuals with no support or resources; they are likely to have been profoundly affected by the disease and its treatment, both emotionally and physically.

The Network is working in two major areas to address these challenges : those of Patient Information, and the Survivorshop initiative.