A Tough Transition: Cancer Survivorship Plans Slow to Take Hold


June 27, 2012

Carrie Tompkins Stricker, PhD, RN, director of Clinical Programs and an oncology nurse practitioner in the Abramson Cancer Center's LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence, is quoted in an NCI Cancer Bulletin article about efforts to implement survivorship care plans for patients who have recently completed treatment for cancer. The time required to compile the plans—particularly by an oncology workforce that is already stretched thin—is a significant barrier to their broader use, said Stricker, whose research has found that many survivors do not receive these plans. "Also, we haven't come to a consensus on what the critical elements of [SCPs] should be," she said. One of Stricker's patients, a breast cancer survivor, also recounted her recent experiences discussing post-treatment challenges during a survivorship care planning appointment. "It was great," she said. "We talked about things I never would have talked about with my oncologist, like anxiety and weight gain."
NCI Cancer Bulletin
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