Cancer diagnosis during COVID-19
Cancer has not gone away: A primary care perspective to support a balanced approach for timely cancer diagnosis during COVID‐19
AYA Cancer Survivorship
Survival among individuals aged 15-39 has improved over the past decades, but AYA survivors have inferior long‐term survival compared with the general population. These findings highlight the importance for research aiming to improve treatment and its associated long/late-term effects.
Cancer and COVID-19
Data continues to emerge about cancer-related risk factors for COVID-19 and its complications. More resources and articles available. Few examples below –
Addressing the needs of cancer survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Practical Approach to the Management of Cancer Patients During the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19) Pandemic.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the symptomatic diagnosis of cancer: the view from primary care.
Cancer Care and Survivorship During COVID-19
COVID-19 has important implications on the care of patients living with and beyond cancer. A number of organizations have provided specific guidance. The following links are directly geared toward clinicians caring for cancer survivors and survivors themselves. As information is rapidly evolving, it is important that you consult your own healthcare organizations and/or physician.
Guidance from UptoDate
Guidance from ASCO/NCCS
The American Cancer Society Journals curated a special collection of the latest survivorship research, highlighting topics covering economic impact, mortality in young survivors, patient care planning, and the 2019 Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics from CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Growing interest in cardio-oncology – cardiovascular health in cancer survivors
American College of Cardiology
Remembering Fitzhugh Mullan, MD
The Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers – Updated 2019
Exercise is medicine in oncology: Engaging clinicians to help patients move through cancer
Life After Surviving Cancer: The Relief, Challenges And New Fears
WBUR/NPR On Point podcast focusing on living beyond a cancer diagnosis
SurvivorJourneys Cancer Survivorship 101
Videos of sessions available via link below
Close to 17 million survivors in the US, projected to 22 million by 2030
Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2019
Former Boston Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino to share cancer story at survivorship forum
Caring for Patients Across the Cancer Care Continuum: Essentials for Primary Care
Handbook of Cancer Survivorship, 2nd Edition
Cancer Survivorship Symposium
February 16-17, 2018
Long-Term Survivorship Care after Cancer Treatment: A Workshop
July 24, 2017 – July 25, 2017
Cancer Survivorship Symposium
January 27-28, 2017
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 American College of Physicians.
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.
ASCO Survivorship Resources
Harvard Medical School – Dana Farber Cancer Institute CME Program
Cancer Survivorship: Optimizing Care and Outcomes
November 13-14, 2014
Growing Numbers of Cancer Survivors in the United States
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.
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 educational directions.
An earlier study points to lack of awareness of late effects of chemotherapy among primary care providers.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Journal of Clinical Oncology Special Issue: Update on Progress in Cancer Survivorship Care and Research. Focusing on key areas of cancer survivorship, including late physical and psychosocial effects, lifestyle, and care delivery.
American Cancer Society releases new data on cancer survivorship. Number estimated to rise by nearly a third, to 18 million by 2022.
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.