The number of cancer survivors is increasing worldwide, reaching approximately 22 million.1 More than 10 million people alive today in the United States have been diagnosed with cancer. Some of these individuals can be considered cured or disease-free, while others still have evidence of active disease. In the United States, most cancer survivors have completed active cancer treatments, and nearly two-thirds have survived more than 5 years since they were initially diagnosed.2 Therefore, it is critical not only for health care professionals but also for relatives of patients diagnosed with cancer to understand how long-term survivors manage the impact of their diagnosis throughout their lives.
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