What is Survivorship?

What is Survivorship?

As cancer treatment is improving, there are more and more cancer survivors worldwide. Once treatment ends, patients can feel lost and scared about the next steps in their cancer care. This is where Survivorship plays an important role: bridging the gap between treatment and moving forward to life beyond cancer.

The Institute of Medicine has identified four essential components of survivorship care:

  • Prevention of recurrent and new cancers, and other late effects
  • Surveillance for cancer and assessment of medical and psychosocial late effects
  • Intervention for consequences of cancer and its treatment
  • Coordination between specialists and primary care providers to ensure all the survivor’s health needs are met

To learn more about survivorship, take a look at the following websites: