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Caring for Cancer Survivors in Your Practice

Oct 23, 2014 02:01PM ● By MED Magazine

The American Cancer Society is offering an eLearning program on cancer survivorship 

 specifically for primary care providers. The Cancer Survivorship E-Learning series for Primary Care Providers features content on:

  • The role of clinical generalists and specialist in providing follow-up care to survivors of adult-onset cancers
  • How to manage long-term and late physician and psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatments
  • Survivorship care planning and care coordination

The series is available at no cost and offers continuing education credits for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. New content will be added on an ongoing basis. Each webinar is led by national experts and features a cancer survivor story.

The course consists of 10 self-paced modules. The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Centers is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington University Cancer Institute and is funded by a five-year cooperative agreement through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 3,800 individuals from 50 countries have already accessed the series.

Module 1: Current Status of Survivorship Care and the Role of Primary Care Providers

  • Learn about the latest models of delivering follow-up care for cancer
  • survivors.
  • View webinars led by national experts who are creating new standards
  • of care at the intersection of primary and cancer survivorship care.
  • Listen to the firsthand experience of a breast cancer survivor as she discusses her cancer journey – from diagnosis to treatment and supportive care.


Module 2: Late Effects of Cancer and Its Treatments: Managing Comorbidities and Coordinating with Specialty Providers

  • Learn about the common physical effects after treatment and the possible interactions with non-cancer comorbidities.
  • View clinically based presentations on implementing a coordinated plan of care with oncology specialty providers and how to manage the late effects.
  • Hear a cancer survivor share his story and describe the physical effects from his cancer treatments.


Module 3: Late Effects of Cancer and Its Treatments: Meeting the Psychosocial Health Care Needs of Survivors

  • Learn about the types of psychological and social issues that cancer survivors may encounter after completing their cancer treatment and how primary care providers can facilitate proper supportive care.
  • View presentations by clinical experts on risk factors, how to efficiently and effectively screen for psychosocial issues, and the primary care provider’s role in ensuring appropriate follow-up support.
  • Listen to a prostate cancer survivor candidly reveal the psychosocial impacts of his cancer experience.


Module 4: The Importance of Prevention in Cancer Survivorship: Empowering Survivors to Live Well

  • Demonstrate understanding of the primary care provider’s role in providing survivorship care focused on prevention, wellness, and evidence-based guidelines for screening.
  • Provide guideline-supported recommendations for secondary prevention to cancer survivors regarding sunscreen, diet, obesity, exercise, alcohol, and tobacco.


Module 5: A Team Approach: Survivorship Care Coordination

  • Describe the roles of oncologists and primary care providers in the shared-care model.
  • Explain the importance of the survivorship care plan as a communication tool to coordinate care between the oncologist and primary care provider.
  • Describe the role of the primary care provider in providing follow-up care in the primary care setting.
  • Describe coordination of care between oncologists and primary care providers in transitioning a patient from oncology to primary care.


New modules to be added will include:

Module 6: Cancer Recovery and Rehabilitation

Modules 7-10: Spotlight on Cancer Type-specific Survivorship: Clinical Care Follow-up Guidelines for Primary Care Providers (for Prostate, Breast, Colorectal and Head & Neck Cancers)

For more information on the series, visit