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Improving outcomes for people recovering from cancer

There are currently approximately 2.5 million people in the UK living with, or recovering from, cancer and it is further estimated that 1.8 million of these people will have at least one other longterm health condition. Community nurses have a responsibility to promote health at every opportunity when supporting those living with, and recovering from, cancer. The cancer care review is one aspect of the patientís recovery package, which aims to help them recover from cancer and its treatment and identifies their individual concerns and support needs. The benefit of the recovery package is that it enables patients completing cancer treatment to take more control of their own care. In trying to help patients to improve their own health they will need support to think about devising an action plan should new concerns or symptoms arise. This article examines how a recovery package can, through assessment and monitoring, help to identify potential problems as well as offering preemptive support for those adapting to the diverse life changes associated with cancer.