Cancer Survivorship and the Young Breast Cancer Patient
Dr. Ann Partridge
Quality of life issues for cancer patients have not received the same comprehensive attention (or resources) in Europe as in the United States, to date. To explore this topic, European Perspectives has commissioned a series of articles in the coming months focusing on cancer survivorship and the rights of cancer patients. The series aims to engage key stakeholders, review the progress that has been made, and emphasize the need for increased resourcing of this challenging yet vitally important aspect of cancer care. As part of this series, the August issue of The Oncologist, European Perspectives features an article and accompanying online interview with Dr. Ann Partridge, Director of the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. In this interview, Dr. Partridge discusses the needs of a particularly vulnerable cancer survivor population, young women living with breast cancer, and outlines the unique challenges that they face following successful treatment for their malignancy. The article also reviews the achievements of Dana Farber's Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer over the last seven years, highlighting how the solutions applied to the 2,000+ participants may potentially be exported and adapted for application in other countries and regions.