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Journal of Cancer Survivorship

Journal of Cancer Survivorship

Research and Practice

Editor: Michael Feuerstein

ISSN: 1932-2259 (print version)
ISSN: 1932-2267 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11764

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10 Years of Journal of Cancer Survivorship

As many of you know, in 2002/03 I was diagnosed with and treated for an anaplastic astrocytoma, first with a surgical resection of my brain, followed by brain irradiation and chemotherapy. After this whirlwind experience I had very little direction. Like thousands of others following cancer treatment, I pretty much was told to just resume my life. 

Surveillance visits focused on my brain tumor with some concern for other problems, but most of my next steps were based on my experience in treating patients with chronic illness, research I had done, consultations I had conducted developing clinical programs in medical centers, and the invaluable support of my family. Little was known about living through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and options for systematic, comprehensive follow-up other than tumor surveillance were few and far between.
Much has improved over the past decade thanks to many pioneers in oncology, internal medicine, nursing, rehabilitation medicine, exercise physiology, physical therapy, health psychology, social work, nutrition, legal reform, occupational health, health services, and health policy research. The landscape of cancer survivorship has changed beyond recognition, due to the creativity and never ceasing commitment of thousands across the globe. We owe much to these pioneers.
Following my cancer experience I thought that in order for the field of cancer survivorship to flourish it needed mechanisms to disseminate evolving interdisciplinary knowledge that had the potential to advance the process of quality improvement in research and practice specific to cancer survivorship. Although there were many journals related to oncology, these top rated journals were publishing very few papers pertaining to patients who had completed cancer treatment. The journals were focused on clinical trials of chemotherapies and/or surgical procedures, as was appropriate. That is why we launched Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice (Feuerstein 2007). I asked many of the pioneers referred to above to join us in this important mission and to a person each committed to the effort.
The journal is now celebrating its 10th anniversary and Springer suggested we create a “virtual issue” highlighting several important contributions from the journal’s history. There are many “objective” methods I could have used to select these papers. I used none. Rather, I selected what I thought were some of the most noteworthy given our mission as stated on the website. As you can anticipate, I think all the papers published in JCS were noteworthy. It is very easy for you to search through all issues and decide for yourself. The abstracts of all papers are provided on the journal’s website.

Virtual Issue Part 1: Healthcare Services  

The papers included here represent clinical and health services research designed to improve health, health care, function, health behaviors, or well-being. As time goes on, JCS will continue to disseminate quality papers that will inform the efforts of many on the front lines of this public health crisis and optimize cancer survivorship.

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    Cancer survivorship is a worldwide concern. The aim of this multidisciplinary journal is to provide a global forum for new knowledge related to cancer survivorship. The journal publishes peer-reviewed papers relevant to improving the understanding, prevention, and management of the multiple areas related to cancer survivorship that can affect quality of care, access to care, longevity, and quality of life. It is a forum for research on humans (both laboratory and clinical), clinical studies, systematic and meta-analytic literature reviews, policy studies, and in rare situations case studies as long as they provide a new observation that should be followed up on to improve outcomes related to cancer survivors. Published articles represent a broad range of fields including oncology, primary care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, many other medical and nursing specialties, nursing, health services research, physical and occupational therapy, public health, behavioral medicine, psychology, social work, evidence-based policy, health economics, biobehavioral mechanisms, and qualitative analyses. The journal focuses exclusively on adult cancer survivors, young adult cancer survivors, and childhood cancer survivors who are young adults. Submissions must target those diagnosed with and treated for cancer.

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