Preparing Breast Cancer Patients for Life After Treatment-Survivor Retreats
By Lillie Shockney, RN., BS., MAS
Director of Education and Outreach
The Johns Hopkins Breast Center
A great deal of care and time is spent on addressing patient's emotional needs during the process of their breast cancer treatment, but little time is spent preparing them for their life after breast cancer. Most health care professionals are focusing instead on the newly diagnosed patient who will immediately occupy the previous patient's chair. It is perhaps even assumed that the doctors and nurses who have been involved in the patient's treatment aren't responsible for helping her re-engage in her life once treatment is supposedly behind her.
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