News

December 2015
Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research.  A Primary Care and Oncology Collaboration - Meeting in January 2016!
Conference co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Academy of Family Practitioners and Americal College of Physicians. 
http://survivorsym.org/ 

March 2015
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies 
A three-part, six-hour documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns premiers on PBS on March 30-April 1. Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee.
http://cancerfilms.org/about-the-film/

January 2015
ASCO Survivorship Resources
http://www.asco.org/sites/www.asco.org/files/survivorcompendium2014_web.pdf
http://www.asco.org/sites/www.asco.org/files/asco_scp_revised_template_final.docx

October 2014

Harvard Medical School - Dana Farber Cancer Institute CME Program
Cancer Survivorship: Optimizing Care and Outcomes
November 13-14, 2014

June 2014
Growing Numbers of Cancer Survivors in the United States
http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancerfactsfigures2014/index
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/document/acspc-042801.pdf
Annual report provides the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2014, as well as current cancer incidence, mortality, and survival statistics and information on cancer symptoms, risk factors, early detection, and treatment.

January 2014
General Internists' Knowledge about Cancer Survivorship
Study in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds internists are not comfortable caring for childhood cancer survivors, editorial points to educationa directions. 
http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1811026
http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1811030

An earlier study points to lack of awarenss of late effects of chemotherapy among primary care providers.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24222054

September 2013
Institute of Medicine Report on Cancer Care in Crisis
"Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis" presents the IOM Committee's findings about the quality of cancer care and recommendations for improvement (including role of primary care providers).

June 2013
New book, Oncology in Primary Care (Rose, MG, Devita VT, Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA, eds.) is for primary care clinicians who need practical and concise information on caring for their patients with cancer. Written in an easy-to-browse format, chapters cover risk factors, prevention, screening, prognosis, and surveillance strategies - includes information that helps  primary care clinicians advise their patients regarding therapeutic and end-of-life decisions and become true partners in the care of their patients with cancer.

May 2013
Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series is launched by the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center.  The series is a free continuing education program that provides a forum to educate primary care providers to better understand and care for survivors in the primary care setting.  The program is available through the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington University Cancer Institute funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Several modules have been released to date, others being developed.

April 2013
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network releases first-ever Clinical Practice Guidelines for Survivorship. The Guidelines cover eight distinct areas: anxiety and depression, cognitive function, exercise, fatigue, immunizations and infections, pain, sexual function, and sleep disorders. Free registration required.  
http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp

March 2013
Paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute finds that high-fat, but not low-fat, dairy related to a higher risk of mortality after breast cancer diagnosis.
http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/03/08/jnci.djt027.abstract

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that exposure of the heart to radiation therapy for breast cancer increases the subsequent rate of ischemic heart disease. The increase is proportional to the mean radiation dose, begins within a few years after exposure, and continues for at least 20 years.
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1209825

January 2013
ASCO Position Statement on Survivorship Care
Developed through the work of the ASCO Cancer Survivorship Committee, the statement outlines a comprehensive agenda for achieving high-quality cancer survivorship care.  Coordination of care and education of primary care providers are among the topics addressed.

November 2012
Journal of Clinical Oncology Special Issue: Update on Progress in Cancer Survivorship Care and Research.
Focusing on key areas of cancer surviviorship, including late physical and psychosocial effects, lifestyle, and care delivery.
http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/30/30/3655.full
http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/30/30.toc

June 2012
American Cancer Society releases new data on cancer survivorship. Number estimated to rise by nearly a third, to 18 million by 2022. 

May 2012
6th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, “Cancer Survivorship Research: Translating Science to Care," held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, from June 14-16, 2012.