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Across the Cancer Care Continuum: Cancer Survivorship

presented by Sheila Longpré, PhD, OTR/L

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Financial: Sheila Longpre, receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Sheila Longpre, has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Due to early detection and advancements in cancer treatment, the number of cancer survivors continues to increase. A cancer survivor is defined as someone who is living that has been diagnosed with cancer. Since more individuals are living far beyond their initial stages of treatment, cancer survivorship is now being considered a chronic condition. This course will teach caregivers how to help the cancer survivor reestablish roles, habits, and routines that promote occupational engagement and well-being.

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Sheila Longpré, PhD, OTR/L

Sheila M. Longpre, PhD, OTR/L is an Associate Professor at Gannon University in Ruskin, Florida. In her six years of teaching, Sheila has focused on educating future occupational therapy practitioners in an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Her research interests include cancer and occupational therapy practices, specifically pertaining to lifespan, childhood cancer, breast cancer,…

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1. Introduction

A cancer survivor is anyone living that has been diagnosed with cancer. The treatment for cancer varies based on cancer type and stage. What happens when the treatment is complete?

2. Survivorship as a Chronic Condition

As the rate of cancer survivorship increases, there are more individuals who are considered cancer survivors that are living longer. Cancer survivorship is now considered a chronic condition.

3. Reestablishing Roles, Habits, and Routines

Individuals who are cancer survivors often experience disruption in their roles, habits, and routines of daily living. This section provides informational tools to help the cancer survivor reestablish their previous activities and occupations.

4. Return to Work

The level of engagement and timing to return to paid employment varies for individuals who are cancer survivors. During the initial stages, adaptations may be needed. This section addresses aspects of survivorship that are important to consider prior to returning to work.

5. Health Promotion

Individuals who are cancer survivors may experience residual effects of cancer treatment which impact daily living. This section discusses the role of the occupational therapy practitioner in promoting well-being and quality of life for the individual who is a cancer survivor.

6. Conclusion

Cancer and its treatment can have a significant impact on the individual who is diagnosed. It is important for the occupational therapy practitioner to recognize the various aspects of cancer survivorship and provide interventions that aid in improving the quality of life for an individual who is a cancer survivor.

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