Best Practices in Cancer Survivorship & Supportive Care
|Event Date/Time: Jul 28, 2011||End Date/Time: Jul 29, 2011|
While survival rates are risingâ€¦according to the National Cancer Institute there are nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States. The hurdle now facing many cancer survivors is how to achieve long-term quality of life after treatment has ended. According to the National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship, one-third of survivors say they experience ongoing physical, psychological, or financial consequences of their cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Recognizing the need for a comprehensive approach to long-term survivorship care, many academic medical centers, community hospitals and oncologists in private practices are developing survivorship care programs to manage the ongoing care of their patients. In planning survivorship services, however, we need to delineate survivorship from other periods of care, so we take a pragmatic approach and define survivorship as the period in which patients treated with curative intent have completed their initial therapy and require follow-up care.