Survivorship is an integral part of cancer care from the point of diagnosis with specific assessments,programmes and services focused on living with, through and beyond cancer. A statement on what survivorship means has been agreed.
As cancer treatments improve more people are living with, through and beyond cancer. Support for these people and their whānau is important.
The Cancer Society, in partnership with the Central Cancer Network and the Cancer Nurses College, developed a cancer survivorship consensus statement for New Zealand.
It describes what cancer survivorship is and why we need the consensus statement. With a strong focus on equity and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the statement focuses on: quality of life, care planning, accessing information, follow-up and surveillance, rehabilitation and resilience.
A wide range of representatives were involved in the statements development.
You can read the statement: