As a result of advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment, more people than ever before are surviving the disease. For this reason, survivorship care is now recognized as a unique phase in overall cancer care. This section aims to assist oncologists and other clinicians in implementing high quality survivorship care programs within their practice, as well as explains the different models of care delivery, addresses potential barriers to implementation, and assists with the identification of existing and needed resources. (See also: Providing High Quality Survivorship Care: An ASCO Guide)
For the purposes of these resources, “program” is defined as the set of services needed to provide survivorship care; it does not require that all related services be provided in one practice setting.
Models of Long-Term Follow-Up Care
This section looks at how is survivorship care is currently delivered across health care settings and practices. The section offers a comparison of model types, detailing the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Determining the Best Model for You: Conducting the Needs Assessment
A template questionnaire to assist in determining the survivorship resources that are already in place and those that are still needed. The questionnaire is for use by oncology providers and practices, both within practice settings and affiliate hospitals and community.
Potential Barriers and Challenges to Implementation
A summary of provider, patient, and systemic barriers to implementing a survivorship care program, with possible solutions.