There are over 15 million people in the United States who are alive today after completing treatment for cancer. It has been recognized that there is a continuum of experience after a diagnosis of cancer that impacts the overall health and quality of life of each person and family affected by it. In particular, the period of time after completion of active treatment has been recognized as a unique phase known as survivorship as patients transition from a focus on cancer to a focus on wellness. All patients with cancer have varying levels of distress which can be managed if properly assessed. As patients return to full function in society, support tools to help them understand their treatments and future risks have been developed. Coordination of care between the patient, oncology team, and primary care team remains a challenging but intensely desired goal. Cancer program accreditation standards have been created to help improve outcomes of care for this ever-growing group of people.
KeywordsCancer survivor Survivorship Survivorship care plan Quality of life Distress management Treatment summary Posttreatment surveillance plan Distress assessment Psychosocial health Cancer prevention Cancer recurrence Coordination of care Evidence-based clinical guidelines Commission on Cancer (CoC) Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Commission on Cancer
Institute of Medicine
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
National Cancer Institute
Primary care provider
Survivorship care plan
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