This week, we want to spotlight a piece by News-Medical.net that highlights one of our LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network partners – the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program in Seattle. Our Network partners – seven cancer centers at leading medical institutions in the U.S. – provide cancer support services, engage in collaborative research and foster the development of new interventions and best practices to improve the lives of post-treatment cancer survivors.
As News-Medical.net reported, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program will soon lead a nationwide study of 3,000 former patients, ages of 18-39, from the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network that aims to improve long term health outcomes for young cancer survivors. The study will test the impact of essential elements of cancer care, including counseling, education and support, which help those affected by cancer manage the various challenges that come with a diagnosis. In addition, the study aims to provide evidence that leads to long-term recommendations for care, determine effective methods of communication for this age group and assess treatments that can improve the overall well-being of those affected by cancer.
“There’s a compelling need for this work, as young adults fall into the gap between studies of childhood cancer patients and those in mid to late life, who more commonly have cancer,” said K. Scott Baker, M.D, one of the program’s directors. “Young people with cancer are impacted at a very formative, critical time of life, and we must put more effort into learning how we can help them thrive in the years following treatment.”
Through clinical care, education and research, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program empowers survivors to take charge of their renewed health and teaches them how to educate their family members and healthcare team regarding their needs.. Other LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network partners also receive funding from the Foundation to provide clinical care and to study and test ways to help best meet the needs of those affected by cancer today and beyond.
As this week marks the beginning of National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, we’d like to thank the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network Program and all of our Network members for their continued support!