Cancer isn’t always a one-time event. Cancer can be closely watched and treated, but sometimes it never completely goes away. It can be a chronic (ongoing) illness, much like diabetes or heart disease. This is often the case with certain cancer types, such as ovarian cancer, chronic leukemias, and ...
Managing Cancer as a Chronic Condition Cancer as a Chronic Disease. Significant advances have been made in cancer care, so that even when cure is not possible, many cancers can be controlled and managed for long periods of time.
My specialty is treating patients with breast cancer—for patients with early stage breast cancer, we treat cancer with the hope of a cure. For patients whose breast cancer has spread throughout the body, the approach is to manage the disease like a chronic illness.
Many of us think of cancer as a terminal illness, but as treatments have become more sophisticated, more and more people are living longer with cancer. So is it becoming a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis or insulin-dependent diabetes? A panel at this past weekend's Association of ...
As a chronic illness, however, cancer care occurs on a continuum that stretches from prevention to the end of life, with early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship in between. In this paper, we review self-management interventions that enable patients and families to participate in managing their care along this continuum.
Cancer as a chronic illness Cancer isn’t what it used to be. By Brian Blum. August 15, 2018 22:22 4 minute read. b. CANCER PATIENTS sit in a chemotherapy ward while receiving treatment at the ...
A chronic disease is a condition you can control with treatment for months. Asthma, diabetes, and depression are common examples. Often, they don't have a cure, but you can live with them and ...
But for so many of our own patients, like Mary, it will be to help them mentally adjust to a new reality of living with cancer as a chronic disease. The fact that this is a real option now is a testament to how far we’ve come. So, let’s stop calling cancer a war. It’s a disease, and one that many can (and already do) live with.
Diseases more commonly associated with wealthy countries, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, are on the rise in poor countries. A World Health Organization report states that 28 million of the 38 million deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as these types of illnesses are known, occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2012.
Chronic disease: A disease that persists for a long time. A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear.