Living with and beyond cancer

Survivorship

Survivorship is aimed at addressing the needs of people living with and beyond cancer, starting from the point of diagnosis, and promoting recovery, as well as support through active and advanced disease. We are supporting hospitals with the introduction and development of care plans and end of treatment sumnmaries - so that you and your GP have the information you both need.
We are rollling out tools for holistic needs assessments for use at key parts of your pathway eg at diagnosis and end of treatment, so your needs can be identified.

We are also piloting risk stratified follow-up to see if we can make follow-up after treatment more effective and better suited to you and your needs.

Finally we have introduced self-management courses, including the HOPE course, which are running in your local areas. Please ask at your cancer information centre or your CNS/key worker for information about courses taking place in your area.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is anticipatory as well as supportive, helping to maximise function and quality of life, and promote independence and self-management. Five main professions are involved in cancer rehabilitation: dieticians, lymphoedema therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.

Rehabilitation can assist with earlier appropriate discharge from hospital and reduce un-necessary re-admissions. It can make treatments such as surgery more effective by assessing and supporting fitness and wellness prior to operations - leading to better outcomes and fewer complications.

It can help manage stress and fatigue as well as other effects arising from the disease itself and your treatment. There is increasing evidence about the benefits of physical activity including reducing side effects and keeping you well. We are working to ensure that rehabilitation is recognised as an essential part of the cancer patient pathway.