Why do you need a personalized cancer survivor plan?

Long lasting effects of cancer treatment can appear shortly after completion of your cancer treatment or arise years later. Additionally, cancer survivors often require multiple clinicians to manage complex care including: on-going surveillance for disease recurrence; management of long term treatment effects; and management of lifestyle options that decrease additional cancer disease risk.  Once a person has completed cancer therapy, he or she should received a survivor care plan. These survivor care plans help streamline access to follow-up care. While survivor care plans can reduce medical errors and improve health outcomes, the amount of time required to develop and manage these plans makes them unachievable for most oncology practices.

Although a majority of oncologists report discussing cancer survivor care recommendations with survivors, very few discuss who survivors should see for follow-up care; and only 5% of cancer survivor receive a written survivor care plan.

Additionally, oncologists, primary care providers, and cancer survivors are often unclear about their respective roles in survivorship care, particularly the management of long-term health effects. The ability for oncologists and primary care providers to deliver evidence-based medicine is fundamental to cancer survivorship. While primary care providers indicate they are better able to perform routine follow-up care, they generally lack confidence in their knowledge about cancer recurrence and long-term treatment effects. Likewise, primary care providers’ willingness to assume responsibility for such follow-up care is low. Differences in patient and physician expectations, lack of clarity surrounding provider roles, and debates about follow-up care pose significant challenges to delivering quality cancer survivor care; often resulting in poor medical outcomes and medical error.

 

 

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Education

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
M.P.H., Clinical Epidemiology

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, COLLEGE OF HEALTH
Ph.D, Evidence-Based Medicine

Dr. John Librett

As a cancer survivor, Dr. Librett is a past member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Public Health Advisory Board, Clinical Director of the American Medical Athletic Association's Clinical Advisory Board and past chair of a White House Federal Interagency Health Council. Dr. Librett is a former health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Co-Chair of a Cooper Institute Clinical Conference Series in Preventive Medicine.  

Dr. Librett is recognized for his leadership in preventive medicine, clinical translation and health policy. On these issues, John has worked with the White House, the US Department of Health and Human Services; the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as governments and corporations in Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S. In addition to his business development, Dr. Librett's health policy research has appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, World News Tonight, and NPR's Morning Edition, to name a few. Dr. Librett is a Founder of the First Ascent Fund, President and Founder of Behavioral Science International, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Utah Cancer Connections, Executive Chairman of the Cancer Wellness House, Founder and CEO of Survivor Healthcare, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Utah, College of Health.

 

Activities & Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University Utah, College of Health, Department of Health, Kinesiology, & Recreation
  • Member, Association of Community Cancer Centers
  • Member, American Cancer Society, Cancer Survivor Network
  • Emeritus Director Sportif, KUHL Bike Team