The Survivorship Care Plan: What, Why, How, and for Whom
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.
KeywordsPrimary Care Cancer Survivor Clin Oncol Primary Care Provider Primary Care Clinician
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 2.Cancer survivorship—United States, 1971–2001. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2005;53:526–529.Google Scholar
- 3.Hewitt M, Greenfield S, Stovall E. From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition. Washington, DC, The National Academies Press, 2005.Google Scholar
- 7.Impac tof follow-up testing on survival and health-related quality of life in breast cancer patients. A multicenter randomized controlled trial. The GIVIO Investigators. JAMA. 1994;271:1587–1592.Google Scholar
- 9.Johnson FE. Overview. In: Johnson FE, Virgo KS (eds). Cancer Patient Follow-Up. St. Louis: Mosby, 1997;4.Google Scholar
- 11.Nordic Gastrointestinal Tumor Adjuvant Therapy Group. Expectancy or primary chemotherapy in patients with advanced asymptomatic colorectal cancer: A randomized trial. J Clin Oncol. 1992;10:904–911.Google Scholar
- 23.Jeffrey GM, Hickey BE, Hider P. Follow-up strategies for patients treated for non-metastatic colorectal cancer (Cochrane Review). The Cochrane Library 3: Oxford-Update Software, 2002.Google Scholar
- 31.Woodwell DA, Cherry DK. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2002 Summary. Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics, No. 346. Hyattsville, MD, National Center for Health Statistics, 2004.Google Scholar