How Cancer Survivorship Care is Changing

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Survivorship experts Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, (left) and Lisa Diller, MD, (right). Partridge is the director of Dana-Farber’s Adult Survivorship Program and Diller is the medical director of the David B. Perini Quality of Life Clinic.

Cancer survivorship programs and services used to be something that patients would think about as they neared the end of active treatment, but that’s changing.

“More Americans are surviving cancer than ever before, and partly as a result of that, the model for survivorship care is changing,” says Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, director of Dana-Farber’s Adult Survivorship Program. “Whereas 10 years ago we might not have referred a patient to a survivorship program until well after treatment ended, today we’re tailoring care to engage patients in survivorship programs even before they end active cancer treatment.”

Today’s survivorship services and programs can benefit cancer patients in range of areas, including:

“Survivorship care is not a one-size-fits-all approach,” says Partridge. “We tailor it to who the person is, what treatment they have had, and what survivorship services best fit their needs. The main goal is simple: We want to make sure you get the care you need and have the tools to move forward beyond your diagnosis and treatment, to live the best and fullest life after cancer.”