People do emerge from their encounter with cancer and go back to their regular lives after they finish the active treatment of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Up to 65 percent of adults that were diagnosed with cancer, and up to 92 percent of children, will live longer than 5 years after first being diagnosed with the disease.
The constant fear
As a result, about 12 million survivors in America, but most patients’ live with the constant fear of the cancer coming back; they’re mostly concerned with how they can prevent it from happening to them again. On the other hand, much of the physicians’ attention is focused on researching ways to find the earliest signs of cancer when it returns, so that the disease can be diagnosed as early as possible. And that’s certainly an important goal. But the bottom line is how can we prevent a recurrence and prolong survival- not just catching it early if it happens.
Patients don’t want to just passively wait and do nothing, hoping they won’t get sick again. What they want is more active options.