The Intersection Between Cancer and Caregiver Survivorship

  • Jennifer Steel
  • Amanda M. Midboe
  • Maureen L. Carney


A plethora of literature concerning cancer survivorship exists including research concerning quality of life through the cancer trajectory (e.g., diagnosis to the end of life). A separate but related literature exists for cancer caregivers. However, the intersection between patient and caregiver survivorship exists in reality, but the link between the two is nonexistent in the research literature. The support from the medical team who cares for the patient often abruptly ends when treatment is discontinued and for the minority of patients diagnosed with cancer who are referred to hospice, bereavement support is offered but rarely utilized for the caregivers after the loss of their loved ones (Casarett and Quill, Ann Intern Med 146:443–449, 2007; Reid et al. Int J Palliat Nurs 12:430–437, 2006). The goal of this chapter was to begin to bring these two areas of research together and bridge this critical intersection in the patients’ and caregivers’ lives.


Palliative Care Family Caregiver Care Recipient Hospice Care Psychological Morbidity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Steel
    • 1
  • Amanda M. Midboe
    • 2
    • 3
  • Maureen L. Carney
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Center for Excellence in Behavioral MedicineUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryCenter for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Healthcare SystemPalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesCenter for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Stanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  4. 4.Kaiser Permanente, Sunnybrook Medical OfficeClackamasUSA

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