Participating in a national conversation on improving cancer care is a great honor. We are being asked to reconsider how we address cancer from prevention through survivorship. It’s a huge undertaking, but a very exciting one. I’m delighted to be a part of it.” - Danelle Johnston, MSN, RN, ONN-CG, OCN
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) announced that effective December 11, 2017, the percentage of delivered survivorship care plans (SCPs) to eligible patients required for CoC compliance with Standard 3.3 has been lowered to 50% for 2018. This is sure to bring a welcome sigh of relief for many navigators and survivorship nurses.
In 2005 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report recommending that every cancer patient receive an individualized survivorship care plan that includes guidelines for monitoring and maintaining their health. We discussed this topic with our Editor-in-Chief, Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG, to understand their purpose and contents, and the role of oncology professionals in their creation and dissemination.
Pamela Goetz, BA, OPN-CG, Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, MA
As the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization, NCCS sought to change the image of a person with cancer from “victim” to “survivor.” To help change this perception, NCCS identified the skills needed to navigate a cancer diagnosis and developed patient resources to teach these skills.
For over 10 years, The Mesothelioma Center has provided quality resources and information for patients and their family members coping with mesothelioma. The publisher of JONS had the pleasure of meeting with Medical Outreach Director Missy Miller to talk about the mission of The Mesothelioma Center and the services it offers to patients.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which began implementation in March 2010 and will not be fully implemented until 2018, has impacted oncology care in both positive and negative ways. This legislation provides opportunities for addressing disparities in cancer care, and it has the potential to expand access to care and improve services among vulnerable groups.