How should cancer survivorship plans be implemented?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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Several organizations have developed guidelines to facilitate the implementation of survivorship plans. Besides the regulatory requirement for a survivorship plan, such plans are important for adequately assessing patients’ needs and addressing quality of life after they complete their treatments for cancer.

In most practices, survival plans are often difficult to implement. Referral to a tertiary care center with multidisciplinary/multi-specialty services may be necessary to adequately meet a patient’s needs.

The survivorship plan or prescription should be viewed as a roadmap for the future care and follow-up of the cancer patient. In addition, the plan can help secure the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor, which is where patients are at risk for falling through the cracks in the system.

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