Cancer survivorship has been identified as separate stage in cancer treatment posing unique issues that arise from the diagnosis of cancer, as well as late effects associated with treatments. Evidence shows that cancer survivors demonstrate suboptimal follow-up care, and report high levels of unmet needs related to their cancer experience. To improve care for the increasing number of cancer survivors in the United States, survivorship care plans (SCPs) have been proposed as way to strengthen care coordination and improve patient outcomes.
Research suggests that SCPs have favorable impact on patient satisfaction and quality of life, however little research to date investigates the utility of SCPs in improving patient outcomes, adherence to follow-up recommendations, or patients’ confidence in self-care management. To further understand the role of SCPs in survivorship care, a pilot implementation of SCPs in colon cancer patients was implemented to gather data on the identified gaps.