Manasi Kapoor, Oncology Roundtable
The Oncology Roundtable recently learned about the STAR Program, an accreditation system that provides support for survivorship and rehab for cancer patients.
We then did some digging to discover why STAR Program Certification and survivorship are so prominent in members' minds.
STAR Program Certification offers survivorship care tools for cancer care providers
Anne Taylor, Oncology Roundtable
Post-treatment cancer survivors often have significant physical and psychosocial concerns. Patients not only face long-lasting physical effects of chemotherapy and radiation, but also emotional issues such as fear of disease recurrence and anxiety over paying medical bills. A recent paper in BMJ Research suggests that physical activity may help patients to alleviate the daily physical and emotional strain of cancer survivorship.
New analysis finds benefits of physical activity for cancer survivors
While the need for high-quality care for post-treatment cancer survivors is well recognized, there is little consensus as to what that care should entail. Unfortunately this lack of clarity about how to address survivors’ needs has stymied the oncology community’s ability to support this large and growing population.
In order to address this gap, the Livestrong foundation convened a meeting of 150 community leaders, stakeholders, experts, cancer survivors, and cancer survivor advocates and charged them with identifying the essential elements of high quality survivorship care. Over two days, the group reviewed a list of 101 potential elements of survivorship care and identified the 20 that they deemed essential. They then organized these elements into three tiers according to their level of priority:
Tier 1: Consensus Elements
All medical settings MUST provide direct access or referral to the following elements of care.
- Survivorship care plan, psychosocial care plan, and treatment summary
- Screening for new cancers and surveillance for recurrence
- Care coordination strategy which addresses care coordination with primary care physicians and primary oncologists
- Health promotion education
- Symptom management and palliative care
Livestrong identifies key components of survivorship care