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Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2011/2012 Update

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Early Detection
Life After Cancer
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Life After Cancer

More and more people are benefiting from the early detection of cancer and its successful treatment. These medical advances are improving both quality of life and length of survival, permitting many survivors to continue full and productive lives at home and at work.

Nevertheless, national data regarding life after cancer are limited. They include:

Few national measures are available that reflect health-related quality of life for cancer survivors, such as:

  • The ability of cancer survivors to perform daily tasks
  • The impact of cancer on employment and insurability
  • The effects of cancer on family and loved ones

These and other measures related to life after cancer are subjects of intense research interest, as well as matters of great concern to cancer survivors themselves. Future editions of the Cancer Trends Progress Report will include additional measures in this area.


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