Dr Anne Katz is a clinical nurse specialist and AASECT-certified sexuality counsellor at CancerCare Manitoba. She has written 2 books on the topic of cancer survivorship (After You Ring the Bell: Ten Challenges for the Cancer Survivor [Hygeia Media] and Surviving after Cancer: Living the New Normal [Rowman & Littlefield]) and 3 on cancer and sexuality.
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By Anne Katz, PhD, RN
This Monthly Survivorship Series, written by CKN Survivorship Editor, Anne Katz, is provided by CKN with permission from ONS. We hope this series will become a useful resource that will help to facilitate dialogue between cancer patients, their loved ones and their physicians with a view towards improving the quality of life for cancer survivors. This is the first article in this series.
Last year I published a book on cancer survivorship (After You Ring the Bell: 10 Challenges for the Cancer Survivor; Hygeia Media 2012).
Say the words “cancer survivor” and you will probably get as many understanding nods as you do puzzled ones. Even among those of us who work in oncology there is some confusion. When does a patient become a survivor?