ASCO members are working as we speak on guidelines that relate to cancer survivorship. These include the areas of fertility preservation; hormone replacement therapy; bone health; cardiovascular late effects; neurocognitive and psychosocial issues; as well as second cancers.
In the area of communications ASCO sponsored a Meet the Expert media event in December of the past year, and held a press conference in May that was dedicated to cancer survivorship and the research presented at the 2005 annual meeting of the society. The coverage, both press and national broadcast media, on survivorship research presented at our last annual meeting was extensive.
And our award-winning peoplelivingwithcancer.org web site has featured survivorship stories. There will be ongoing chats with survivorship experts. And we have shared content with the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Cancer survivors, as we all know, number 10 million and are growing strong. My professional interest in lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease results in my seeing a lot of cancer survivors. My mother is a cancer survivor. I am a cancer survivor. I am clearly in great support of the work that all of you have done over these many years, culminating in this comprehensive report and call to action. Cancer survivors need to be found, and their needs must be met. I know you look forward, as I do, to a very productive day. Thank you for your attention.
Fitzhugh Mullan, Member, Institute of Medicine
Thank you, Sandra, and thank you, Ellen. It is a pleasure to be here. Survivors say that at the opening of meetings with a particular verve. It is really good to be here. I am a 30-year survivor of a primary mediastinal seminoma. I am also an IOM member, and I would like to extend a welcome from the IOM. It is a wonderful place, both intellectually, institutionally, and architecturally. The IOM has served the nation fabulously well in its ability to take issues, mediate them, broker them, raise them to new levels of evidence-based visibility, and put them on the national stage. And that this is being done with survivorship by dint of this committee and this report I think is just fabulous.
My own reading of the report, which I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do before today, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor, is that it is a monumental piece of work, both for the science and the public policy that it brings to the fore, and for the fact that it takes issues that many of us have been grappling with for many years in happily lessening obscurity, but obscurity to begin with, and puts them between two hard