Another of the recommendations is to look at chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy. There are certain agents that may be recommended to help patients undergoing treatment. The third guideline looks at Anxiety and depression. All patients should be assessed for these as well as education and strategies on how to deal with these issues. There should also be follow-up in the referrals and a look at compliance in the case of the recommendations that the patient received.
Most patients are referred from surgeons to medical oncologists but I can truthfully say that I see great benefit in seeing your oncologist before any intervention is started. It always helps to get all the cards on the table and to make informed choices. Communication is of utmost importance between the oncologist and your primary care physician as well as there should be no room for anything to fall through the cracks. The more we work towards a plan for survivorship the better we will be to meet the patient needs and the more we will learn in what it will take to keep the patient at their optimal level. So talk to your physician and oncologist about what your needs are and about your survivorship plan and Happy Survivor Day today!
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