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Care of Cancer Survivors Often Falls Short

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"Most cancer patients enter survivorship with little direction from oncologists or primary care providers, according to a national survey.


"Two-thirds of 1,130 oncologists said they always or almost always discuss survivorship with patients, but only a third told patients where to seek cancer-related or other care. Fewer than 5% of oncology respondents provided patients with a written plan for survivorship care."

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Survivorship-Care Programs Pick Up Where Cancer Treatment Leaves Off

Survivorship-Care Programs Pick Up Where Cancer Treatment Leaves Off | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Thanks in part to improvements in cancer treatment, the number of cancer survivors is steadily increasing. Even after overcoming cancer, however, survivors still face numerous challenges. The cancer may return, so regular monitoring is needed. In addition, cancer treatments can damage organs or impair attention and memory. Cancer also takes an emotional toll; many cancer survivors experience depression or anxiety. Increasingly, hospitals and nonprofit groups are offering survivorship-care programs that provide treatment follow-up plans, physical rehabilitation, and psychological assistance. The Commission on Cancer, which accredits cancer centers in the U.S., will require these centers to provide survivorship-care plans starting in 2015. Moreover, a congressional committee is currently considering a bill that would require Medicare to cover care-planning services for cancer survivors.

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Wall Street Journal  |  Dec 9, 2013

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ASCO Releases First Three Guidelines on Cancer Survivorship Care

"The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued three evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the prevention and management of symptoms that affect many cancer survivors—neuropathy, fatigue and depression, and anxiety. The guidelines are the first three in a planned series of guidelines on survivorship care. The recommendations reinforce the need to care for the both physical and psychological needs of cancer survivors."


"The release of these guidelines come at a time when the number of people with a history of cancer in the United States has increased dramatically, from 3 million in 1971 to about 13.7 million today. Despite these important gains, cancer survivors still face a range of long-term challenges from their disease and its treatment.  Cancer survivors face an increased risk for other health problems, premature mortality and side-effects from treatment.  The transition from active treatment to post-treatment care is critical to optimal long-term health. If care is not planned and coordinated, cancer survivors are left without knowledge of their heightened risks and a follow-up plan of action.


"In addition to the guidelines, Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, has updated information for survivors that is based on ASCO’s latest recommendations."

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ASCO  |  Apr 14, 2014

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 17, 11:30 AM

Great.  More guidelines.  How much money is spent on research, writing, studies and more to get to the finding that there is a, "need to care for the both physical and psychological needs of cancer survivors."  At some point, information must be turned into action - and many recommendations in survivorship these days come with mandates but no resources to implement or processes by which to initiate.


Cancer survivorship needs more funding and more insurance coverage, not more recommendations  - most of which have already been well documented and published for over a decade.