Advancing survivorship care through the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center

Developing American Cancer Society guidelines for primary care providers

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  • DISCLOSURES: Supported by Cooperative Agreement 5U55DP003054 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Cancer Society is funded through Cooperative Agreement 1U55DP003054 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center). The American Cancer Society provides a subgrant to the George Washington University Cancer Institute to collaborate on The Survivorship Center objectives. Staff from both the American Cancer Society and the George Washington University Cancer Institute contributed to the development of this article and the clinical care guidance.

Abstract

The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center) began in 2010 as a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington University Cancer Institute and was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Survivorship Center aims to improve the overall health and quality of life of posttreatment cancer survivors. One key to addressing the needs of this ever-growing population is to develop clinical follow-up care guidelines that emphasize not only the importance of surveillance for cancer recurrence, but also address the assessment and management of the physical and psychosocial long-term and late effects that may result from having cancer and undergoing cancer treatment as well as highlight the importance of healthy behaviors that can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, second primary cancers, and other chronic diseases. Currently, The Survivorship Center is coordinating the work of experts in oncology, primary care, and other health care professions to develop follow-up care guidelines for 10 priority cancer sites. CA Cancer J Clin 2013. © 2013 American Cancer Society.

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