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Survivorship Care Planning

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There are over 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, a number that is expected to grow exponentially due to an aging population and improved methods for early detection and treatment [1]. The term “cancer survivor” has evolved over the years. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) had originally defined the survival period as the time period from diagnosis through the balance of life, but has recently expanded its definition to include family, friends, and caregivers [2]. In the pivotal Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition,” the importance of addressing the ongoing physical and psychosocial challenges of cancer survivors was emphasized to encourage the multidisciplinary approach to survivorship as a distinct phase of the cancer continuum [3]. The report recommended that essential components of survivorship care include prevention and detection of new cancers, surveillance for recurrence, genetic evaluation, addressing the physical and psychosocial consequences of cancer and its treatment, and the coordination of care between specialists and primary care providers (PCPs).

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  • Cancer Survivor
  • Breast Cancer Survivor
  • Primary Care Provider
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Survivorship Care

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Burbage, D. (2016). Survivorship Care Planning. In: Alberts, D., Lluria-Prevatt, M., Kha, S., Weihs, K. (eds) Supportive Cancer Care. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24814-1_6

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