Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Colorado Central Cancer Registry begins survivorship pilot project

Over the past decade, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has produced several reports that have called for better quality of care in the field of medical oncology. One of the key recommendations from the IOM has been to develop and distribute cancer survivorship care plans to every patient at the end of his or her first course of treatment. 

These documents should provide a detailed summary of the patient’s diagnosis and treatments that were received, as well as information about proper follow-up care, late and long term effects of treatments, and general wellness. The IOM has produced a video describing the need for a survivorship focus in cancer care from the perspective of the cancer survivors. Recently, the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has raised the stakes by including survivorship care planning in its 2012 Cancer Program Standards.

Now, the Colorado Central Cancer Registry (CCCR) is joining the movement. Over the next two years, the CCCR will be conducting a pilot program that will create electronic templates for treatment summaries and care plans. Cancer Registry data will be used to pre-populate the templates for individual patients in order to facilitate the development and use of these documents in oncology practices across Colorado. The key goals of this program are 1) to meet the needs of thousands of Colorado cancer survivors for post-treatment information, and 2) to provide a standardized, user-friendly format for treatment summaries and care plans that can be used by providers throughout Colorado.

If you or your organization would like to learn more about this project, please contact Cathy Bledsoe at or by phone at (303) 691-4047.

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