Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series now available for primary care providers

Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, CSO
Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, CSO

The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center is launching an online continuing education program to educate primary care providers on cancer survivorship.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States, but survival is just the first step in a long, sometimes difficult recovery process. Many of these patients face serious physical, psychological, practical, informational, and spiritual challenges after the completion of cancer treatment. Primary care providers play a critical role in providing much-needed follow-up care for cancer survivors.

The Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series is a free, innovative continuing education program that provides a forum to educate primary care providers (such as general medicine physicians, geriatricians, gynecologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses) about how to better understand and care for cancer survivors in the primary care setting. Continuing education credits (CEs) are available at no cost to participants for each one-hour module.

This program, which began on April 15, is available through the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center), a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington University Cancer Institute (GWCI) funded by a five-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, CSO, member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, this continuing education series will be an excellent resource for primary care providers and cancer survivors with its up-to-date information and guidance.

“The UACC has lead research efforts in cancer survivorship for more than 20 years, and our research efforts are reflected in the products such as these that help to inform providers and survivors alike,” Dr. Thomson said.

The first three modules will include a focus on the “Current Status of Survivorship Care and the Role of Primary Care Providers,” presented by Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH, associate professor in the department of population medicine at Harvard Medical School and internist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and Anne Willis, MA, director of the division of cancer survivorship at GWCI.

Future topics in 2013 include the importance of health promotion in cancer survivorship and clinical guidelines for cancer survivorship care. Each one-hour module offers patient experience interviews, presentations by experts in survivorship and primary care, case studies, and patient and provider resources.

The series is offered as part of an increasing national focus on the need to improve the quality of care provided to cancer survivors after completing treatment.

To access the series schedule or to register for the program, please visit www.cancersurvivorshipcentereducation.org

-April 17, 2013