Coordinating Care After Cancer

November 23, 2011


Who's in charge now? For survivors, health care is anything but routine.

Survivors need to educate themselves, advocate for themselves, keep current on findings about late effects and update their treatment summary and care plan annually. Many times, they need to educate the PCP provider as well.

“That’s a big assignment, and it’s not always easy,” says Linda A. Jacobs, PhD, RN, director of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. “You may need help from family or friends. But the shortage of oncologists and primary care doctors, overwhelmed practices and changes in insurance reimbursements mean patients have to take more responsibility for their own care. Things do fall through the cracks.” Read More