A Plan

20 Apr

Congratulations! You are a Cancer Survivor!! Now what? One of the best pieces of advice I got was to complete a Survivorship Care Plan.  A whata plan?  Yup a Survivorship Care Plan.

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Website does a good job describing what a Survivorship Plan is.

“A survivorship care plan” is the record of a patient’s cancer history and recommendations for follow-up care. The plan should define responsibilities of cancer-related, non-cancer-related, and psychosocial providers. Clear designation of who is responsible for the various aspects of care can optimize care coordination, avoid unnecessary use of resources, and ensure that care does not “fall through the cracks.” Patients should be encouraged to provide a copy of the care plan to their primary care providers and other healthcare providers throughout life.

Don’t worry you don’t have to do this on your own. There are a lot of great websites that have very helpful templates. Here is a list of some of the most comprehensive

 

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

http://www.cancer.net/patient/Survivorship/ASCO+Cancer+Treatment+Summaries

ASCO has developed disease specific cancer treatment summaries and follow-up plans. These resources should be given to patients, nurses, and doctors as a record of care planned and received and to promote communication about future health needs.

Journey Forward

http://journeyforward.org/about-survivorship-care-planning

Journey Forward is a program that helps cancer Survivors know what they may have to face once their active treatment comes to an end. It offers many ways to guide you through your next steps, which may include: A simple yet full treatment summary that your oncology team completes; a list of things to keep an eye on; and resources to support and educate you.

The LIVESTRONGTM Care Plan

http://www.livestrongcareplan.org/

The LIVESTRONGTM Care Plan has been developed by a team of oncology nurses and physicians and details the medical challenges a survivor may face. This document will be individualized based on the answers you provide in a brief questionnaire. In order to develop the most accurate plan of care, you may need to talk to your oncology team to have some details of your cancer therapy available. This care plan is meant for you to review and discuss with your healthcare team (both oncology and primary care).

Maybe you know some better ones? Feel free to email me and I will add them to this list!

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