We encourage healthcare providers to explore our information about clinical practice guidelines and strategies for approaching the long-term care of cancer survivors.
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In March 2013, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) issued NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Survivorship. These guidelines are developed and updated through an evidence-based process in which multidisciplinary panels of experts integrate comprehensive clinical and scientific data with the judgment of the panel members and other experts drawn from NCCN member institutions, including Memorial Sloan Kettering.
The NCCN Guidelines for Survivorship cover eight distinct areas: anxiety and depression, cognitive function, exercise, fatigue, immunizations and infections, pain, sexual function, and sleep disorders. They include a sample assessment tool with questions on each of the eight key criteria covered in the guidelines. Clinicians can access the complete library of NCCN guidelines online.
In January 2013, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published a statement in the Journal of Clinical Oncology titled Achieving High-Quality Cancer Survivorship Care. The ASCO statement outlines a comprehensive approach to survivorship care that incorporates general health promotion, primary and secondary cancer prevention, and symptom management of common long-term and late effects.
Learn more about helping cancer survivors manage the late effects of treatment in these presentations given by Memorial Sloan Kettering survivorship physicians and nurse practitioners in 2008 and 2009.