ASCO has issued an updated and expanded set of treatment and survivorship care plan templates for oncology care professionals and patients with cancer. The templates serve to enhance ASCO’s existing suite of tools to help providers and patients fully plan a course of cancer treatment, from diagnosis to survivorship care.
This new release includes updated versions of ASCO’s disease-specific survivorship care plan templates for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, small and non–small cell lung cancer, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, as well as a new prostate cancer survivorship care plan template. Also available is an updated version of ASCO’s treatment plan, which is intended to be given at the time of diagnosis, and sets the stage for the development of the treatment summary and follow-up care plan included in a survivorship care plan.
All told, the six ASCO disease-specific survivorship care plan templates cover more than 50% of all cancer diagnoses.
The ASCO templates were developed based on the “American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Expert Statement on Cancer Survivorship Care Planning,” published in the Journal of Oncology Practice. This 2014 ASCO statement identified the essential components of a survivorship care plan, as defined through a multidisciplinary consensus process, and has been endorsed by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
The templates are available as part of ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship Compendium at www.asco.org/practice-research/asco-cancer-survivorship-compendium. ■
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