Cancer Care

From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Translation

From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition is a landmark publication in cancer care published in 2006 identifying the needs of people diagnosed with cancer after they finish treatment. It points out that even though patients continue to see their oncologists regularly, these visits most often focus on being sure the cancer has not returned. However, difficulties related to the cancer treatment and/or to the experience of being diagnosed and treated for cancer are rarely discussed or given needed attention. It was recommended that services be developed to specifically address the needs of post-treatment cancer survivors. The Cancer Survivorship program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital was created in 2009 to specifically meet those needs.