There is good news in the fight against cancer: There are an estimated 12 million cancer survivors living in the United States today and these numbers are growing. At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we recognize that while cancer may leave your body, it never leaves your life. Survivors must deal not only with the long-term medical and psychosocial problems that can arise after treatment, they also face a lack of guidance with these challenges.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that after a person has completed cancer therapy, that he or she should receive a summary of treatments and a follow-up ?care plan.? A comprehensive care plan is a helpful guide for survivors and their healthcare team, but the amount of time it would require makes it an unachievable goal for most oncology practices.
The LAF has partnered with OncoLink to focus on one aspect of the Institute of Medicine?s recommendations, a ?survivorship care plan? that focuses on the medical consequences a survivor may face after cancer treatment. The LIVESTRONG Care Plan will be individualized and based on the answers a survivor provides in a brief questionnaire. We give survivors the resources they need to face the changes and challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis and after treatment.
The LIVESTRONG Care Plan is meant for survivors to review and discuss with their healthcare teams (both oncology and primary care) and is designed for survivors of adult cancers. The care plan will launch in late May 2009. Learn more about the LIVESTRONG Care Plan at LIVESTRONGcareplan.org.