from American Cancer Society
More people are surviving cancers. New data from the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute shows eighteen million people with a history of cancer are living in this country. Recent advances in treatment gets some of the credit. That’s good news, of course, but even more encouraging is that two-thirds of these cancer survivors—more than twelve million—are over sixty-five. The increase in cancer survivors brings growing challenges for health professionals and patients to manage the long-term effects of cancer and its treatment. For example, American Cancer Society guidelines for survivors include advice on nutrition and physical activity, as well as care following cancer treatment.