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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.
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.
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Cancer patients and survivors should not get COVID-19. A three-time cancer survivor should definitely not get COVID. But I did. And it was not good. Here is my story and the lessons I learned that might be of value to others.
Three women, three cancer survivorship journeys, three missions resulting in nonprofits started to help and support others fighting cancer.
Thanks to funding awarded by the Centers for Disease Control for five-years beginning July 2020, Georgia CORE and Augusta University are partners in the Georgia Colorectal Cancer Control Program, which is increasing CRC screenings in southeast and southwest Georgia.
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.