What is Cancer Survivorship?
Who is a cancer survivor?
- Cancer survivorship describes anyone who has been diagnosed with or completed treatment for cancer.
- Cancer survivorship begins at diagnosis and continues throughout a person’s life.
- The expanded definition of Survivorship also includes close friends or family members of those diagnosed with cancer.
What Types of Issues Do Cancer Survivors Face?
During treatment patients have regular contact with their health care team, creating a safety net around them. Although completion of cancer treatment sometimes brings a sense of relief, sometimes survivors face:
- Uncertainty about the future
- Loss of usual support
- Increased anxiety
- Fear of recurrence
- Guilt about surviving
- Physical, psychological, sexual, or fertility problems
- Relationship struggles
- Discrimination at work
(Information credit: cancer.net)
What is the Bridge Program?
The goal of the Bridge Program is to improve the coordination of care and decrease the consequences of treatment for patients diagnosed with stage I, II, or III lung cancer after they complete treatment. Our clinics are designed to partner with the patient to provide a person-centered approach to survivorship care planning and to identify ongoing physical, social, emotional, and financial needs. We want to relieve any post-treatment issues and assist the patient to thrive beyond lung cancer diagnosis and treatment.
In addition to our monthly clinic, the Bridge Program also works to:
- Lower the impact of lung cancer recurrence by promoting increased surveillance,
- Increase provider knowledge of survivorship issues through podcasts and an annual Lung Cancer Conference, and
- Educate the community at large, through social media, and promotion of community resources.
Bridge Program Resources:
This toolkit is designed for oncology providers, primary care providers, advanced practice professionals, and/or cancer treatment teams interested in implementing a comprehensive lung cancer survivorship program. This resource includes information about the needs of lung cancer patients following treatment and tools for oncology teams to use in coordinating a multidisciplinary survivorship care program.