What is a Cancer Care Plan?

One way to help make sure you and your health care team understand each other is by using cancer care plans. If you were going on a trip, you would likely have a plan of how to get to your destination and what to do when you arrive. In the same way, cancer care plans are roadmaps that make sure you know where you are going and how you will get there. This roadmap should be discussed with your health care team and can be shared with other health professionals you see, such as your primary care doctor, radiologist, and surgeon. Cancer care plans are useful whether you are newly diagnosed, making the transition off of active treatment, or changing your treatment course.

Post-Treatment Care Planning

There are currently more than 12 million Americans who are considered cancer survivors, and their ranks are growing rapidly as more than a million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, the current U.S. health care system is failing to deliver the comprehensive and coordinated follow-up care cancer survivors deserve. Too many survivors are lost in transition once they finish treatment.

Every cancer survivor should have a comprehensive care summary and follow-up plan once they complete their primary cancer care that reflects their treatment and addresses a myriad of post-treatment needs to improve their health and quality of life.

Elements of a Survivorship Care Plan
Questions Survivors Should Ask