Survivorship Can Be Harder than Treatment -  Honoring Survivors Throughout Their Lives

Posted by Cordata Health

June 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM


National Cancer Survivors Day

June 4th was National Cancer Survivors Day and at Cordata we want to recognize all of the hard work that care coordinators, nurse navigators, care managers and providers do to help survivors figure out what to do "now" – at the end of active treatment. So many patients get so comfortable with their close relationships with their care team that they are unsure about life on their own as a survivor. It is both exciting and scary.

But surviving cancer can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, emotional and financial hardships often persist for years after treatment. And cancer survivors are also at greater risk for developing second cancers and other detrimental health conditions.

The Cordata product team also has a key focus on pediatric survivors (and their parent co-survivors), who are often overlooked as part of the larger survivor population. Their survivorship timeline is typically decades longer than their adult counterparts and full of more complex late effects. Being diagnosed with cancer as an adult disrupts your life, but for a child, it disrupts their psyche, education and normal development. Parent co-survivors must be caregivers and surveillance managers long after remission.

If you are interested in how Cordata can support your survivorship care coordination, contact our oncology team for a strategic conversation. If your organization does not have a survivorship program in place, consider designating a survivorship coordinator to simply act as a patient (and family) liaison for how to link those survivorship plans with real appointments for screening, as well as ongoing distress monitoring and surveillance for late effects.

Topics: Cancer Management

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