Report claims not enough being done for cancer survivors

A report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academies documented what almost every cancer survivor already knows: not enough is being done for cancer survivors as they transition out of acute cancer treatment.

An important recommendation from this report is to make survivorship a distinct phase of cancer treatment with a dedicated plan for this phase. Ellen Stovall, a 34-year survivor of two bouts with cancer and president of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, says the reason cancer patients become lost in transition is that “there is no coordinated system of care. People who are post-treatment don’t have any systematic way of being followed for short-term or long-term problems. They are lost to follow-up.

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