When Cancer Returns: Survivors, Caregivers, and the Family System

  • Suzanne Young Bushfield


Despite the progress made in early detection and treatment of cancer resulting in 5-year survival rates of 66%, cancer relapse may occur, even years later. The fear of recurrence is a persistent reality among both survivors and their caregivers. This chapter examines the needs of caregivers and the importance of the family system perspective in navigating cancer care for survivors across a long trajectory of survivorship and uncertainty, including cancer relapse or recurrence and end-of-life care.


Cancer survivor Family systems Caregivers End of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanne Young Bushfield
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  1. 1.Suzanne Young Bushfield, School of Social WorkArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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