What should be included in a cancer survivorship plan?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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The long-term care of these patients poses a significant challenge for the practicing hematologist/oncologist. Developing a survivorship plan is mandatory, because management can affect quality of life and even outcomes. The Institute of Medicine in 2006 recommended that cancer patients have a survivorship plan that addresses the following issues [3] :

  • Prevention of recurrent and new cancers, and of other late effects

  • Surveillance for cancer spread, recurrence, and secondary cancers

  • Assessment of medical and psychosocial late effects

  • Intervention for consequences of cancer and its treatment

  • Coordination between primary and specialty care


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