ing education for practicing providers of survivorship care. Continuing education is needed across many disciplines, but in order to ensure the provision of quality survivorship care, it is especially important to reach (1) oncologists, hematologists, urologists, surgeons, and radiologists who initially treat cancer patients; (2) primary care physicians; (3) nurses; and (4) social workers and other providers of psychosocial services. To ensure the provision of comprehensive survivorship care, it is likely that additional health personnel will be needed, particularly nurses with advanced oncology training.

Many methods are being used to provide continuing education in survivorship (Table 5-5). Online resources are increasingly available and appear to be an attractive means of reaching many providers, but the effectiveness of this and other approaches need to be assessed. There appear to be few educational programs aimed at multiple provider audiences (e.g., APOS psycho-oncology online course), but it is likely that survivorship continuing education would lend itself to such an approach. The American Association

TABLE 5-5 Methods of Survivorship Continuing Education

Educational Approach


  1. Meeting on survivorship

  • NCI/ACS cancer survivorship biennial conference

  1. Session on survivorship at professional society meeting

  • ASCO 2005 annual meeting session: Cancer Survivorship: Long-Term Complications of Treatment

  • SGO 2005 annual meeting session: Barriers to Sexual Health After Cancer: What Can Be Done?

  1. Home study guides

  • AAFP home study self-assessment cancer survivor monograph

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation self-directed study guides and examinations are published annually as a Medical Education Supplement to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  1. Problem-based learning cases

  • ACP online clinical problem-solving case on cancer follow-up

  1. Online course directed to one specialty

  • AOSW/CancerCare course, Understanding Cancer: The Social Worker’s Role

  1. Online course directed to multiple specialties

  • APOS psycho-oncology course

  1. Online repository of information, guidelines

  • NCI’s Physician Data Query summaries on supportive care, genetics services, and complementary and alternative medicine

  • AHRQ guideline clearinghouse

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