A wide variety of educational opportunities exist for oncology providers to increase their knowledge of survivorship care.
ASCO Educational Offerings
ASCO University Courses
ASCO Symposia and Annual Meetings
Online CME/CE Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals
A series of professional educational offerings of survivorship, including management of physical, psychological, and emotional effects, fear of second care or recurrence, and meeting survivors’ psychosocial needs.
This series is a free continuing education program that provides education to primary care providers (PCPs) who may treat cancer survivors about how to better understand and care for survivors in the primary care setting. CE credits are available at no cost to participants for each 1-hour module.
AAFP offers a few CME courses on oncology. These educational courses are largely geared toward primary care providers and family physicians. Oncology related content includes:
- 1. Integrative Medicine - Includes a section on oncology, largely focused on breast cancer. Online and print; 5 credits.
- 2. Skin Cancer – CD-ROM format; 5 credits.
- 3. Audio Digest Family Practice, “Breast Cancer Principles of Patient Care” - The goal of this program is to improve management of breast cancer in primary care settings.This course includes instruction on recognizing the effects of chemotherapy on the ovaries, weighing the benefits and adverse effects of tamoxifen, identifying patients who may benefit from genetic counseling and imaging studies, describing the effects and uses of aromatase inhibitors, and counseling patients about ovarian suppression, fertility, pregnancy, and breast-feeding. Available in multiple formats, 2 CME credits.
Online Educational Resources for Healthcare Professionals
Resources include suggestions for program development and recommendations for care of post-treatment patients to assist in coordinating an institute-wide effort dedicated to meeting the complex needs of cancer survivors.
In partnership with the Oncology Nursing Society, WellPoint, Genentech, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, UCLA’s Survivorship Clinic has developed a library of resources, housed on the Journey Forward website, geared toward both patients and professionals, and provides a clearinghouse of ASCO recommendations, brief information on ONS PEP course, and more.
LIVESTRONG maintains a listing of designated centers that may be contacted with questions, consultations, and referrals. Services include clinical programs for survivors, program development consultations with center directors, and access to education materials.
One of the recommendations included in this plan is to “education health care providers about cancer survivorship issues from diagnosis through long-term treatment effects and end-of-life care.
Sponsored by the NCI, CDC, ACS, and LIVESTRONG, this biennial conference brings together researchers, providers, survivors, advocates, and policymakers to share the latest research and interventions designed to improve the long-term health and quality of life for cancer survivors and their families. The next conference will be held June 16-18, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Executive Training on Navigation and Survivorship: Finding Your Patient Focus: A two-day comprehensive hands-on training program that equips health care professionals with the tools needed to launch and sustain navigation and survivorship programs. Participants learn strategic planning techniques for developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining patient navigation and survivorship programs. This course is geared toward providers, administrators, and other staff who work at institutions who provide care to survivors.