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Survivorship Road Map: Treatment Summary and Care

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Published on March 1, 2017

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Transcript | Survivorship Road Map: Treatment Summary and Care

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That's how you’ll get care that's most appropriate for you.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you. 

Dr. Lowry:

In Kansas, we have a very large catchment area, and our geographic space is largely rural, so we have a number of patients who have just that experience. They’re treated at an academic center, then they go home to a maybe more remote or more rural primary care setting, and I think that we need to empower patients to ensure that they are aware that they need their treatment summary and their survivorship care plan. And we as physicians need to do a better job of communicating those two key pieces of their treatment history so that we can have conversations around survivorship, educate patients about what their needs are, and work in better collaboration as a team of medical providers.

Treatment summaries and survivorship care plans are critically important, not just knowing whether they had chemotherapy but which types of chemotherapy—not knowing just whether they had radiation but what the zones of their radiation were and what the total dose or total grade of that was. Because those are the detail pieces that really guide our medical management and thus our education to them about things to watch for in terms of health conditions or what we call late effects as they progress through their survivorship experience. 

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.