The Survivorship Care Plan: What, Why, How, and for Whom

  • Craig C. Earle
  • Deborah Schrag
  • Steven H. Woolf
  • Patricia A. Ganz


This chapter highlights the recent call by the Institute of Medicine for the use of a cancer survivorship plan to be provided to patients and their primary care providers at the end of cancer treatment. The need for evidence-based guidance on surveillance regimens after cancer treatment, how best to communicate what cancer treatments were received, and what care should be provided after treatment, as well as mechanisms to share care between oncology specialists and primary care providers is discussed. With the expanding number of cancer survivors each year, oncologists must find creative ways to ensure that the gains obtained through successful cancer treatment are not lost when patients transition to this phase of their care.


Primary Care Cancer Survivor Clin Oncol Primary Care Provider Primary Care Clinician 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig C. Earle
    • 1
  • Deborah Schrag
    • 2
  • Steven H. Woolf
    • 3
  • Patricia A. Ganz
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Family Medicine, Epidemiology, and Community HealthVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  4. 4.Division of Cancer Prevention and Control ResearchJonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLAUSA
  5. 5.Schools of Public Health and MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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