There are approximately 14 million cancer survivors in the United States and this population continues to grow. Cancer survivors require long-term surveillance, risk assessment and prevention services, as many face distinct and serious health care issues related to the cancer itself, pre-existing comorbidities, and the exposure to therapy. Delivering high quality survivorship care can enhance patients’ long term health by managing concerns related to cancer treatment and survivorship.
ASCO Cancer Survivorship Compendium
As an accompaniment to the existing educational opportunities and clinical guidance ASCO offers on survivorship care, the Cancer Survivorship Compendium has been developed to serve as a repository of tools and resources to enable oncology providers to implement or improve survivorship care within their practices. Click here to view the Compendium.
ASCO Survivorship Forum: Join the Conversation
The Survivorship Forum on ASCOConnection.org is designed to be a meeting place for health care providers to discuss and share best practices, challenges and resources for survivorship care. All health care professionals with an interest in survivorship care are encouraged to join, including physicians, nurses, allied health care professionals, and administrators. ASCOconnection.org is the professional networking site for ASCO’s worldwide oncology community, and the companion website for ASCO's official member publication. Click here to join the conversation.
Providing High Quality Survivorship Care in Practice: An ASCO Guide will assist providers with the implementation of a comprehensive survivorship program, regardless of practice setting. The guide includes information on the key components of survivorship care, different models of care delivery, and a needs assessment to help users determine which model of delivery may best serve their patient population. Download Now (24 pages) or purchase print copies throught the ASCO Bookstore.
ASCO's Treatment and Survivorship Care Plan Templates
ASCO has issued a suite of care planning reseources including a new Treatment Plan template and disease-specific Survivorship Care Plan templates, composed of the treatment summary and follow-up care plan, to assist oncology providers to document and facilitate communication about treatment after its completion as well as next steps for follow-up care. In addition to the generic survivorship care template, templates are also available for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, small cell lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, and diffuse large b-cell lymphoma.
ASCO published this statement to describe the work that led to the new template and to provide a framework for completing and sharing SCPs, and setting clear expectations for srvivorship care planning in the oncology setting.
ASCO’s Survivorship Guidelines
The number of people with a history of cancer in the United States has increased dramatically, from 3 million in 1971 to about 13.7 million today. Despite these important gains, cancer survivors still face a range of long-term challenges from their disease and its treatment. The transition from active treatment to post-treatment care is critical to optimal long-term health. To further assist with the long-term care of survivors, ASCO has developed a set of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to help healthcare providers care for survivors of adult-onset cancers.
Cancer Survivorship Committee
The Cancer Survivorship Committee provides leadership and oversight of ASCO’s cancer survivorship activities and assist in the implementation of the cancer survivorship components within ASCO’s mission and strategic plan. The committee reviews and assesses ASCO’s cancer survivorship portfolio (cancer education, clinical guidelines, patient information, policy, publications, research, and training) and works to enhance the quality and quantity of cancer survivorship material in each program.