Health Psychology and life after cancer: Recognizing the need for continued support
Ivers, Mary E.
- Publisher: European Health Psychology Society
Cancer survivorship | Health psychology | Quality of life
Research and clinical practice in oncology has focused on prevention, detection and the improvement of cancer treatments. However, there is something missing from this representation of the cancer trajectory. There is little attention given to life after treatment has ended, that period when the patient moves into what is termed ‘long-term survivorship’. There is a growing interest within Health Psychology in the quality of life of those whose lives have been prolonged by early detection and successful treatment of cancer and indeed, health psychologists have much to offer in this domain.