Survivorship and Medical Fitness

  • Sanchia S. Goonewardene
  • Raj Persad


Survivorship is a growing area of cancer care and is infrequently addressed. Whilst there is guidance on PSA interpretation and of ‘acute’ care, there are currently no specific guidelines addressing ‘holistic’ care for this cohort, including their medical comorbidity. The definition of survivor is from a diagnosis of cancer onwards (National Coalition of Cancer Survivors 2013) which can be extended to include those receiving palliative therapy, e.g. androgen deprivation therapy. Due to the health workloads in today’s current clinical practice, we seem more inclined to ‘treat’ the PSA and less likely to look at the issues the patient has and address them. A failing on our part, which needs to change.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanchia S. Goonewardene
    • 1
  • Raj Persad
    • 2
  1. 1.The Royal Free Hospital and UCLLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.North Bristol NHS TrustBristolUnited Kingdom

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