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For Immediate Release: June 12, 2008
Association of Community Cancer Centers Launches Cancer Survivorship Website
June is "National Cancer Survivorship Month"
ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has launched a "Cancer Survivorship Resources" website portal to help community cancer programs build, strengthen, or expand services to cancer survivors in their home communities. Cancer survivorship—a core component of comprehensive care—is a key ACCC focus throughout the year and is especially important this June, "National Cancer Survivorship Month."
"We are moving into a new era in cancer care. No longer can we provide only isolated fragments of treatment in the continuum of health and disease," Richard B. Reiling, MD, FACS, ACCC Immediate Past-President and cancer survivor. "We must now provide care that helps the patient navigate this survivorship path for the rest of his or her life." Close to 12 million cancer survivors are estimated to be living in the United States.
ACCC’s new "Cancer Survivorship Resources" website, available at www.accc-cancer.org, includes:
- ACCC's "Cancer Program Guidelines 2008," which features a new "Survivorship Services" section that encourages cancer programs to make available information and services specific to survivorship issues to cancer patients and their families.
- ACCC's "Comprehensive Survivorship Services: A Practical Guide for Community Cancer Centers," which features a collection of practical tools and articles—model survivorship programs, survivorship care templates, and more.
- Streaming video of the presentation by Julia Rowland, PhD, director of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship from ACCC’s recent 2008 Annual National Meeting.
- A conversation with Brad Zebrack, PhD, of the University of Southern California's School of Social Work. He discusses survivorship from the psychosocial perspective and talks about his recently developed "Impact of Cancer Scale Tool" and how community cancer centers might put this resource to use.
- Convenient links to additional advocacy resources, and more.
ACCC's cancer survivorship website was developed as part of this year's Presidential Grant, sponsored by AstraZeneca, LP, and Abraxis Oncology.
Model programs at ACCC-member institutions are transforming survivorship services and empowering cancer survivors nationwide. Community cancer centers are an ideal location for structured, evidence-based multidisciplinary care for survivors. Through local cancer centers, survivorship care can be provided through personal contact within a familiar healthcare system.
Survivorship is defined as the experience of living with, through, and beyond cancer for both patients and the people in their lives who are impacted by the diagnosis. It comprises the physical, psychological, emotional, social, spiritual, and economic aspects of life that may be influenced by cancer at any time from diagnosis through treatment and all remaining years of life.