Cancer survivorship provides a focus on the health and wellbeing of a person living with and beyond cancer.
An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life.
Health professionals play an important role in identifying and managing issues and unmet needs experienced by cancer survivors and linking survivors with supportive resources and services.
By the end of this rapid learning you will be able to:
- define the term cancer survivor
- identify your role in supporting cancer survivors including key resources to refer survivors to
- describe the importance of healthy lifestyle behaviours in improving quality of life
- outline the importance of survivorship care plans and engaging primary care in survivorship care.
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- Screen your patients for potential survivorship issues and unmet needs, provide supportive resources and information and make timely referrals to appropriate services.
- Support survivors to make informed decisions about lifestyle behaviours that promote wellness and improve their quality of life.
- Ensure all patients completing active cancer treatment have a survivorship care plan.
- Encourage patients to engage with their local GP during and after active treatment.
Download and save the Cancer survivorship resources page so you can access resources and information whilst you’re on the job.
- Start the eviQ Education Cancer Survivorship - Introductory course: 6 modules for health professionals with an interest in survivorship. Includes survivorship fundamentals, useful tools and resources, self-management and promoting wellness.
- Access the Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners course: free 4 week online course outlining communication and coordination of care, supportive care, surveillance, late and long term effects and new cancer therapies.
- Access the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre website: survivorship resources, events and information for survivors, carers and health professionals.
- View the Common survivorship issues directory: resources and guidance documents about commonly experienced survivorship issues, for survivors, carers and health professionals.
- Download the ACSC fact sheets for health professionals.
- Read the COSA position statement on cancer survivorship care.
- For an international perspective and the history of cancer survivorship care, view the Institute of Medicine’s 2005 landmark report - From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition.
Full references are listed here.