Cancer Survivorship Growing
Because of advances in the early detection and treatment of cancer, more and more people are living many years after a cancer diagnosis.
Approximately 65 percent of people diagnosed with cancer are expected to live at least five years after diagnoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Georgia, 34,500 people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Due to the growing numbers of people and the importance of the issue, the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Georgia Cancer Coalition are partnering and bringing other partners together to address cancer survivorship in Georgia.
"In collaboration with the GCC, we are beginning work to help the ever-growing numbers of survivors and their caregivers have better quality of life, " said Stuart Brown, M.D., director of DHR's Division of Public Health. "During cancer diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment, cancer survivors face physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and financial issues. These are issues that are of concern to all of us, especially to public health professionals."
DHR and the GCC are planning the first ever