Georgia's Online Cancer Information Center

How are Healthcare Professionals Involved in Survivorship?

As nationally-recognized organizations continue to release guidelines and recommendations around survivorship care, the diverse role of healthcare professionals has become clearer. Today, cancer survivorship transcends specialties; it is no longer solely dependent upon an oncologist or primary care physician to care for cancer survivors. Further, survivorship expands beyond the physician or nurse to include an array of healthcare professionals including social workers, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, health educators, and more. Any healthcare professional engaged in the care of a cancer survivor must be aware of national treatment guidelines and recommendations, standard of care, and the many unique needs of cancer survivors. With increased awareness and education, all members of the healthcare workforce in Georgia can help to advance the quality of life for cancer survivors in our state.    

What exactly is cancer survivorship?

Regardless of your personal definition of a cancer survivor, survivorship is recognized nationally as the span of time between an individual’s cancer diagnosis and the end of his or her life. Survivorship care has become increasingly important as the number of cancer survivors continues to grow in the US. Research and recommendations by nationally-recognized organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation have blossomed over the last several years. The long-term and late effects of cancer and its treatment have emphasized the need for survivorship programs that address the myriad of physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, and economic concerns experienced by this growing population.

Last Updated: 6/23/2019 3:42:52 PM

For Healthcare Professionals

Cancer Survivorship Connection

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Survivors helping others survive

Three women, three cancer survivorship journeys, three missions resulting in nonprofits started to help and support others fighting cancer.

11/03/2020

Lung Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

GASCO encourages all our members and members of the survivorship community to view the new video produced by the Medical Association of Georgia as the November offering of their "Top Docs" program.

12/04/2020

 Screening & Genetics

Georgia Tech’s Durham picked to lead cancer organization

Lynn Durham has been named the new president and CEO of Georgia CORE. Durham, currently Georgia Tech vice president for institute relations, will replace Nancy Paris, who has led Georgia CORE since its inception and is retiring.

12/07/2020

 About

Georgia CORE and partners win five-year grant for colorectal cancer prevention

The CDC-funded program will bring colorectal screening, navigation and colonoscopies to 15,000 people in southeast and southwest Georgia.

7/08/2020

Nancy Paris elevates cancer treatment and research in Georgia

Nancy Paris has served as president and CEO of Georgia CORE since its creation in 2005. At the end of the year, she will be retiring after spending her entire career in healthcare, during which she focused on addressing community health issues including homelessness, HIV/AIDS and rural health.

11/09/2020

Georgia CORE

 

Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among the state’s cancer organizations and institutions to connect more Georgians to quality, personalized cancer care. We welcome you to this one-of-a-kind online information center for all things related to cancer and survivorship care in Georgia.