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Transition to Cancer Survivorship: A Concept Analysis

Wood, Sylvia, K., DNP, ANP-BC, AOCNP

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000190
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Transition to cancer survivorship is frequent lexicon denoting the posttreatment phase of cancer treatment. The concept of being in transition to survivorship is not well defined. To critically analyze this concept, data sources (n = 63) (from 1985 to 2016) from nursing, sociology, medicine, and psychology were evaluated employing Rodgers evolutionary method. Transition to cancer survivorship is a turning point with a variable time period one passes through after treatment. It is an individualized experience with degrees of liminality, changes, and challenging consequences. Understanding this concept helps identify patient needs for targeted nursing interventions that can bridge safe passage to cancer survivorship.

Nursing Program at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York; and Department of Nursing, St Joseph's College, Patchogue, New York.

Correspondence: Sylvia K. Wood, DNP, ANP-BC, AOCNP, Department of Nursing, St Joseph's College, 155 Roe Blvd, Patchogue, NY 11772 ( or

The author thanks Dr Shan Liu, PhD, RN, Adelphi University, for her thoughtful review and critique of this work to improve upon its intellectual content and clarity.

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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