The Case CCC has established a Survivorship Initiative. We look forward to developing a clinical, epidemiologic, and research effort around the multiple topics associated with survivorship. We appreciate the interest and involvement of multidisciplinary clinicians and investigators in the process.
The number of cancer survivors in the US now exceeds 11.1 million and increases by approximately 2% annually. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship defines an individual as "a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life." The cancer survivorship experience also touches untold numbers of survivors' families, caregivers, and friends. The recent Institute of Medicine report, "From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition," recognized the large number of individuals now surviving cancer for long periods of time, whose needs are often unique and poorly understood, and the dearth of evidence regarding the phase of care that follows primary treatment. The report also contained the recommendation that funding agencies "should increase their support of survivorship research and expand mechanisms for its conduct." Therefore, there are tremendous needs, challenges and opportunities for research on cancer survivorship, with the overall goal of reducing the cancer burden.
The Case CCC held a one-day Survivorship Retreat on February 16, 2009 at the Gathering Place in Beachwood. This retreat served as a forum to foster collaborations and to promote and increase institution-wide capacity and competitiveness in comprehensive and transdisciplinary survivorship practice management in compliance with National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines, and to promote our research initiatives.
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