Survivorship Experts Agree on Essential Elements of Survivorship Care


March 1, 2012

CureToday.com

There is a lot happening in cancer survivorship these days. In December, LIVESTRONG released the first list of 20 essential elements needed in a survivorship program that was generated from a gathering of survivorship thought leaders. In addition, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC) accreditation rules for this year are adding a number of patient-centered standards, including a Survivorship Care Plan.

PLANNING FOR SURVIVORSHIP CARE

Others have offered aspects of survivorship programs but LIVESTRONG Essential Elements Brief is the first of its kind that organizes 20 different aspects of care. The list of elements was honed from 101 provided at a mid-September meeting in Washington, D.C. by some 150 thought leaders in survivorship, including representatives from the American Cancer Society, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Cancer Support Community, LIVESTRONG Survivorship Centers of Excellence, cancer survivors and advocates.

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Linda A. Jacobs, PhD, RN, director of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence at Abramson Cancer Center, University Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says the meeting was a great opportunity to collaborate with other leaders in the field and helped to build consensus among key stakeholders on what elements a cancer survivorship program should provide (directly or via referral) to post-treatment cancer survivors... Read More