Preface

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    Abstract

    The great progress in cancer control could not have been possible without the
    single-minded focus on cancer, almost at exclusion of anything else. To control
    cancer, one should not to be distracted by the side effects of treatment and often
    sheer physical and mental exhaustion that accompanies cancer and its treatment.
    Only by putting these aside, one can grasp a chance of changing the course of this
    terrible disease.
    But as an oncologist who has treated patients for nearly a quarter of the century,
    I face the sobering truth that while the frontiers in the war against cancer are
    advancing every day, the lay of the land is defined by more than cancer alone. It
    takes a few years after the cancer diagnosis before one can embrace the joy of
    cancer survivorship, but also face the tragedy of long-standing consequences of
    cancer treatment, and the question of could have these been prevented? With more
    cancers becoming treatable and treatments better tolerated, we need to learn to
    better balance the benefits and risks of treatment in light of coexisting conditions
    that the patient is already dealing with.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCancer and Chronic Conditions
    Subtitle of host publicationAddressing the Problem of Multimorbidity in Cancer Patients and Survivors
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherSpringer Singapore
    Pagesix-x
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811018442
    ISBN (Print)9789811018435
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • oncologist
    • cancer
    • comorbidity

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