The Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program was developed over a year ago to meet the needs of our cancer patients post treatment at the Wilmot Cancer Institute. The goal of our survivorship symposium is to educate oncologists and other providers locally and throughout Upstate New York on how to develop a survivorship program that meets the requirements of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, as well as the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine, to manage the complex needs of cancer survivors.
By 2015, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer will require cancer programs to address the needs of cancer survivors in a formalized manner. The Wilmot Cancer Institute is providing a day-long symposium on developing cancer survivorship services to help oncology practices outside of our Institute meet these requirements. Our keynote speakers are internationally known experts in Survivorship and will discuss the importance of survivorship care and why it has become so essential for all patients. They will share their experiences regarding their own programs, national efforts in this area, and what advice they have for centers starting a new program. Other topics will include developing treatment summaries and evidence-based care plans that are disease specific, assessing the efficacy of a survivorship program, addressing survivors’ needs and concerns and navigating them through available resources, as well as survivorship in vulnerable populations.
The target audience is medical, pediatric, radiation, and surgical oncologists, as well as urologists, ENTs, dermatologists, and other providers who provide care and treatment to cancer patients. The program will also be appropriate for registered nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and social workers.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Explain the importance of a survivorship program
- Identify what a survivorship treatment summary should cover and who should receive them
- Identify what a survivorship care plan should cover and who would receive them
- Describe 3 vulnerable survivorship populations and strategies to improve their survivorship care
- Explain the importance of the side effects of cancer therapy to patient’s health and quality of life
- Recognize and address concerns patients have post cancer treatment, including what resources might be appropriate for these concerns
- Describe the role of referring physicians and other health care professionals in promoting a healthy lifestyle for cancer survivors
- Identify the various survivorship care models that are used by health care providers to provide survivorship care, and particularly what might be most appropriate for my practice
- Explain the possible metrics I can use to evaluate the success of my practice in caring for cancer survivors