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Cochrane Review Summary for Cancer Nursing: Interventions to Enhance Return to Work for Cancer Patients
Xiaoyun Zhang MSN, RN
Lanshu Zhou PhD, RN

Cancer Nursing
February 2013 
Volume 36  Number 1
Pages 4 - 5
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For most cancers, there have been improvements in survival, with close to 60% of adults with a diagnosis of cancer in the developed world now expected to live at least 5 years after diagnosis. Because more cancer survivors receive the diagnosis at working age, it is important for individuals to return to work following treatment so they can lead a normal life. Returning to work is beneficial for both the cancer survivor and society as it can improve quality of life (QoL) and have a positive effect on self-esteem and social or family roles, as well as economical benefits.Interventions aimed at supporting the return-to-work process for cancer survivors include psychological, vocational, physical, medical, and multidisciplinary components. Oncology and community nurses play an important role in providing support to cancer survivors; however, little is known about whether these interventions are effective.The objective of this review was to assess the effectiveness of interventions for enhancing

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