Treatable but not curable: Cancer as a chronic disease

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Room: Hall 1

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, After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Speaker: Phyllis Butow, University of Sydney, Australia
Speaker: Jane Maher, Macmillan Cancer Support
Speaker: Paul Cosford, Public Health England

Turning incurable cancer into a chronic disease has been an aim of treatment. New therapies are starting to make this seem realistic. These welcome advances cause new challenges 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 we will invite a leading health care psychologist to explain the psychological theories that underpin the management approach to fear and uncertainty.