Response to “Rethinking Assumptions about Cancer Survivorship”: A nursing disciplinary perspective

Tracy L. Truant, Jagbir K. Kohli, Jennifer M.L. Stephens


In response to our social science and humanities colleagues’ paper, Rethinking Assumptions about Cancer Survivorship (Ristovski-Slijepcevic & Bell. [2014]. CONJ, 24(3), p. 166), we offer a nursing disciplinary perspective on some of the dominant messages purported to underpin cancer survivorship. We illuminate points of disjuncture within their paper, using nursing’s disciplinary lens to describe and explain the complexities inherent in the cancer survivorship experience and its implications for clinical practice. Opportunities for collaboration with our social science and humanities colleagues are outlined to foster synergistic knowledge development that will, ultimately, improve the care of those living with, through, and beyond cancer.

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