What a three days I've had here at the 2010 Biennial Conference. While packing my suitcase for the return home, I'm thinking about all I've heard.
At last, researchers are looking scientifically at quality of life after completion of treatment. They are desiging and executing studies to answer questions such as:
- What factors affect patients' perception of their quality of life?
- What role does exercise play in recovery and quality of life?
- What can patients do to decrease their morbidity after cancer?
- What can be done to facilitate patients' post-traumatic growth?
- How can we best help survivors deal with uncertainty?
- How can we best address post-treatment sexuality and fertility issues?
- How can we best reach diverse populations?
- How can we best assist caregivers?
- Which healthcare professionals can best follow patients after completion of cancer treatment?
- How can we best use IT to improve survivorship?
Of particular interest to me were the sessions on the interface between aging and cancer.
Before I check out of the hotel, what I want you to know is this: Ongoing scientific research is exploring issues of survivorship beyond the hope for cures. Over the next few weeks, I'll share some of what I learned. So stay tuned!