From life-threatening to chronic disease: Is this the case of cancers? A systematic review

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Abstract

Problem identification: Given the importance of a common scientific background on what clinicians mean by the term chronic cancer (CC), the present review examines whether and to what extent a shared definition of CC exists in the literature. Literature Search: A systematic search of the existing literature dealing with the definition of CC was performed. Synthesis: Considering a statement of the American Cancer Society on CC, a list of attributes for a cancer to be considered chronic was drawn up and used as a common schema to evaluate and organize a description of CC provided by relevant articles. Conclusions: Overall, most of the relevant articles recognized a time criterion as a peculiar attribute of a CC, however, there is only a limited degree of overlap within the literature definitions of CC. Implication for Practice: It may be useful to talk about a chronic phase within a broader cancer disease continuum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalCogent Psychology
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • cancer care
  • chronic cancer
  • chronic disease
  • definition
  • oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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