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J Oncol Pract. 2009 May; 5(3): 148.
PMCID: PMC2790687

Survivorship Information: Where Patients Learn “What Comes Next”

Many people treated for cancer are living longer than they may have in the past, and cancer survivors may wonder what happens next—physically and emotionally. Cancer.Net provides information and resources for survivors (www.cancer.net/survivors) to help them anticipate what they may experience after treatment.

A good starting place for your patients is the Next Steps To Take section at www.cancer.net/nextsteps. This section lists resources that can help survivors learn about documenting their cancer treatment, managing adverse effects, and taking action through volunteering and advocacy. The topics in this section include:

  • Finishing Treatment—What Comes Next
  • ASCO Treatment Summaries
  • Making Positive Lifestyle Changes After a Cancer Diagnosis
  • Recognizing and Celebrating Milestones
  • Survivorship Resources

Cancer.Net's survivorship section also provides information about late effects of cancer treatment, rehabilitation, and issues for survivors of childhood cancers. In addition, this section links to the patient advocacy section,www.cancer.net/advocacy. Here, survivors can find the Patient Advocate Guest Column and Podcast series. This series is a forum for patient advocates to address a topic, issue, or trend within the cancer community.

Managing the Cost of Care

Do your patients have questions about the cost of cancer care? The section, Managing the Cost of Care, provides information about the types of costs associated with cancer care and treatment and questions to ask about the cost of care. In addition, it provides a list of local and national organizations that can help cover the cost of treatment, medications, and travel or housing. It also includes information about health insurance, organizing treatment and appointments, and a glossary of terms related to insurance and medical bill payments. Please visit www.cancer.net/managingcostofcare for more information.

Visit Cancer.Net at the ASCO Annual Meeting

Stop by the ASCO booth (1600) in the Exhibit Hall (located in Halls A2 through B4), to take a virtual tour of Cancer.Net and pick up the following free educational and promotional materials for your patients:

  • Cancer.Net Guides to Cancer
  • ASCO Answers fact sheets
  • A special patient-friendly newsletter explaining the research highlighted at the meeting
  • Cancer.Net referral cards and leaflets
  • Cancer information prescription pads to direct your patients to specific resources on Cancer.Net
  • Posters for waiting rooms or resource centers

The ASCO booth is open 9 am to 5 pm from Saturday, May 30, 2009, to Monday, June 1, 2009.

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