Treatable but not curable: Cancer as a chronic disease

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Room: Alsh

Programme stream(s): Living with and beyond cancer
Programme session type(s): Parallel session

Chair: Richard Simcock, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Chair: Jo Taylor, Patient Advocate
Speaker: Phyllis Butow, University of Sydney, Australia
Speaker: Jane Maher, Macmillan Cancer Support
Speaker: Paul Cosford, Public Health England

Making previously ‘incurable’ secondary cancer into a chronic disease has been an aim of treatment. New therapies are starting to make this seem realistic. These advances cause new problems with uncertainty for both patient and healthcare professionals.
The session will elucidate this new ‘good problem’ by looking at the scale of the issue, understanding patient stressors, reviewing new research in the area and by hearing patient voices.

Managing uncertainty is a key need and will invite a leading health care psychologist to explain the psychological theories that underpin management approached to fear and uncertainty.