Healthcare Professionals

There are an estimated 13 million cancer survivors living in the US today, with projected growth to 18 million by 2020.  Given these numbers, all healthcare professionals will have frequent contact with patients affected by cancer.  However, there are only a limited number of healthcare professionals who have adequate training to assist these patients.  

 

Healthcare professionals who focus on cancer care are seeing their workloads steadily increase.  There are more patients, but education and training on how to care for those patients has not kept pace.  As a result, this limits the access to survivorship care for many patients across the country.  Similarly, survivorship care depends on a multi-disciplinary approach with direction from the cancer care team, but relying on primary and specialty medicine.  There are few resources available addressing this approach to delivering survivorship care — CST aims to fill this gap by providing web and mobile survivorship education and training. 

 

Many healthcare organizations also recognize the need to include survivorship care within their practice setting.  For instance, the development of a survivorship care plan has been recommended by national experts and is a requirement in the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer’s Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care.  This accreditation standard must be implemented by 2015. 

 

Cancer Survivorship Training (CST) was created to fill the void in access to cancer survivorship care. CST’s online and mobile courses and community can help all healthcare professionals learn about the assessment, education, intervention, and coordination of care for issues related to cancer.  Similarly, CST is an accredited continuing medical education curriculum that can help healthcare professionals meet their continuing education obligations. 

For Organizations

Cancer Survivorship Training (CST) can help your hospital, institution or organization with comprehensive survivorship education and resources to build and maintain a survivorship program.

 

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