We asked our Current Oncology Section Editors how they would define the term “life after cancer” and how that theme presents itself in their chosen fields. Below is a response from Dr. Michel L. Tremblay,Director of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University:
The rising number of cancer survivors is a great testimony of the advances in clinical treatments. Applications of novel technologies that basic sciences discover and that clinical research moved forward will be significantly added to the oncologist toolbox in the coming years. We can state with great optimism that those will contribute to a rapid augmentation in the number of cancer survivors. Although a crucial clinical follow up plan takes the stage for a life after cancer, much ongoing research into pain management and psychosocial issues are already addressing these essential concerns for survivors.