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Surgical Medicine Open Access Journal

Navigating the Breast Cancer Journey- a Patient’s Perspective

  • Open or CloseSalisha Baboolal1 and Jameel Ali2*

    1Mass Communications, University of Calgary, Canada

    2Women’s Health Division, Breast Surgical Oncology, Trinidad and Tobago

    *Corresponding author:Jameel Ali, James Medical Complex, Northwest Regional Health Authority, Women’s Health Division, Breast Surgical Oncology, Trinidad and Tobago

Submission:August 03 2023;Published: August 14, 2023

DOI: 10.31031/SMOAJ.2023.05.000613

ISSN : 2578-0379
Volume5 Issue3

Introduction: This article deals with an innovative approach to cancer patient care by introducing the concept of ‘Cancer Survivorship’ which focuses on patient coping strategies that emphasizes quality of life skills as opposed to the traditional concept of ‘Survival’ - the time construct used in describing patient outcome.
Methods and result: We describe the rationale and basis for the Survivorship program and follow a very personal description of the Survivorship experience of an actual patient who presents her own perspective after completing the program.
Conclusion: This patient’s perspectives on the Survivorship program reflects the reactions and responses to this program by the patient participants. That the program be implemented as an integral part of cancer patient care is strongly recommended.

Keywords:Cancer survival; Cancer survivorship; Breast cancer outcome; Cancer patient quality of life

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