Your cancer survivorship care plan
After cancer treatment, you may have a lot of questions about your future. Now that treatment is over, what is next? What are the chances that cancer may recur? What can you do to stay healthy?
A cancer survivorship care plan can help you feel more in control after treatment. Learn what a care plan is, why you may want one, and how to get one.
What Is a Cancer Survivorship Care Plan?
A cancer survivorship care plan is a document that records information about your cancer experience. It also includes details about your current health. It can include information on:
Your cancer history:
Your ongoing care after cancer treatment:
Why Do You Need a Cancer Survivorship Care Plan?
A cancer survivorship care plan serves as a complete record of your cancer experience. It helps you keep all of that information in one place. If you or your provider needs details about your cancer history, you know just where to find them. This can be helpful for your ongoing health care. And if your cancer returns, you and your provider can easily access information that could help in planning your future treatment.
How Do I Create a Cancer Survivorship Care Plan?
You may be given a care plan once your treatment ends. You may want to ask your doctor about it to make sure you receive one.
There are also templates online you and your provider can use to create one:
Make sure you and your providers keep your cancer survivorship care plan up-to-date. When you have new tests or symptoms, record them in your care plan. This will ensure you have the most current information about your health and treatment. Be sure to bring your cancer survivorship care plan to all of your doctor visits.
American Cancer Society website. Survivorship: during and after treatment. www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorship-during-and-after-treatment.html. Accessed August 22, 2018.
American Society of Clinical Oncology website. Survivorship. www.cancer.net/survivorship. Updated May 2018. Accessed August 22, 2018.
Forsythe LP, Kent EE, Rowland JH. Survivorship. In: Niederhuber JE, Armitage JO, Doroshow JH, Kastan MB, Tepper JE, eds. Abeloff's Clinical Oncology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 56.
Review Date: 7/26/2018
Reviewed By: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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