The growing number of cancer survivors nationwide, and in our own community, challenges healthcare providers to develop programs that support survivors' transition from active treatments to long-term care. Many individuals and families continue to face complicated care issues resulting from cancer diagnosis and side effects long after completion of their treatments.
One of the first goals of our Cancer Survivorship Program at SVMHS is to develop a patient Treatment Summary & Plan of Care. This is a document generated by the Medical Oncology office that summarizes the diagnosis, procedures, and treatments that have been completed. It also provides guidelines for follow-up care, including recommendations for screening tests and physician appointments.
In order to capture the true needs of survivors and families in our community we have a survey available (in English and Spanish) to distribute to anyone who has been through cancer treatment. We would like to hear from as many community members as possible so that we can develop a plan of care and survivorship program that will be able to help with the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of cancer survivorship.
If you would like a copy of the needs survey, please contact the Cancer Resource Center at (831) 755-0791.