Survivorship programs and care planning


  • Mary S. McCabe RN, MA,

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    1. Cancer Survivorship Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
    • Corresponding author: Mary McCabe, RN, MA Director, Survivorship Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, New York 10065; Fax: (212) 717-3414;

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  • Sara Faithfull PhD, MSc BSc (Hons),

    1. Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
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  • Wendy Makin MBChB, FRCR, FRCP,

    1. Palliative Medicine and Oncology, The Christie National Health Service Foundation Trust, Manchester, United Kingdom
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  • Yvonne Wengstrom MD

    1. Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society, Division of Nursing, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
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  • European-American Dialogues on Cancer Survivorship: Current Perspectives and Emerging Issues

  • This supplement was guest edited by Vittorio Mattioli, MD (NCRC, Bari, Italy) and Kevin Stein, PhD (American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia) and was produced with the authoritative contribution of 58 authors from the European Union and the United States. The primary aims are to highlight the potential differences between European and American approaches to cancer survivors' issues, increase coordination among oncologists and other primary care providers, and aid the development of a shared care model that can improve the quality of cancer care.

  • The opinions or views expressed in this supplement are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the journal editors, the American Cancer Society, John Wiley & Sons Inc, or the National Cancer Research Centre Istituto Tumori “Giovanni Paolo II” Bari.


Formal cancer survivorship care is a growing focus internationally. This article provides a broad overview of the national strategies currently in progress for the development of survivorship programs and care plans within the United States and across Europe. The different approaches taken in their implementation, staffing, and clinical focus are highlighted, with an emphasis on how they are incorporated into various models of care. The considerable variation in making survivorship a formal period of care across countries and health care systems is discussed, including the factors influencing these differences. A review of research focused on the evaluation of definitions and outcomes is provided along with a discussion of important areas requiring future research. Cancer 2013;119(11 suppl):2179-86. © 2013 American Cancer Society.