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National Priorities in Cancer Survivorship

Presentation 3: State of Cancer Control Plans and Cancer Survivorship

Susan True, M.Ed.
Program Services Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

  • Public health institutions can help improve access to cancer treatment, surveillance, physician and consumer education, access to clinical trials, and patient support and pain management.
  • A National Action Plan defining public health’s role in furthering the cause of cancer survivorship should address issues including prevention of second cancers and recurrence; promotion of appropriate disease management; minimization of pain, disability, and psychosocial distress; and ensuring access to support and other resources.
  • Comprehensive approaches to cancer control should promote multiple links between survivorship and prevention activities (i.e., counseling survivors and their families about healthy lifestyle choices can promote preventive behavior in family members).
  • Public health duties in the National Action Plan for cancer survivorship include surveillance and applied research; communication, education, and training; programs, policies, and infrastructure; and access to quality care and services.
  • The CDC provides support to states, tribal entities, and territories to develop comprehensive cancer control plans. Currently, 29 cancer control plans have been created, 22 of which include survivorship issues.
  • Top survivorship issues in these cancer control plans include access to treatment; health professional communication, education, and training; consumer communication, education, and training; access to clinical trials; and care for the terminally ill.

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