Improving Survivor Services


Current Programs


  • Improving Service Delivery to Cancer Survivors in Primary Care Settings

    Two-thirds of cancer patients live at least 5 years after diagnosis and many live for decades after treatment. The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is estimated to be 14 million and is expected to increase to 18 million by 2020. An aging Texas population as well as continued improvements in early detection and treatment will further increase the number of Texans who will have been successfully treated. The expected increase in the number of cancer patients will be cared for by what is predicted to be a declining number of oncology specialists. Evidence based preventive services are an important component of care intended to maximize survival and improve quality of life, however, they are utilized at less than recommended levels.

    Program Goals & Objectives

    The primary aim of the project is to improve use of evidence based cancer preventive services for adult individuals who have completed active treatment for cancer in primary care residency training practices.

    Goal 1: Improve participating practice capacity for managing cancer survivorship care.

    • Objective 1: Increase percentage of cancer survivors with a cancer treatment summary in their medical record from baseline (TBD) to 80% by June 1, 2018.

    • Objective 2: Increase the percentage of cancer survivors with a survivorship care plan in their medical record from baseline (TBD) to 80% by June 1, 2018.

    Goal 2: Improve primary care provider knowledge, self-efficacy, and practices regarding survivorship care management over baseline (TBD) by 10 % by June 1, 2018.

    • Objective 1: Increase provider knowledge about guideline-based survivorship care management practices by June 1, 2018 as measured by the pre and post results of the SPARCCS survey.

    • Objective 2: Increase percentage of providers who report being very confident about their knowledge of appropriate test for detecting recurrent disease from baseline (TBD) to 80% by June 1, 2018.

    • Objective 3: Increase percentage of providers who report being very confident about their ability to care for late effects of cancer from baseline (TBD) to 80% by June 1, 2018.

    • Objective 4: Increase percentage of providers who report being very confident about their ability to care for psychosocial outcomes of cancer from baseline (TBD) to 80% by June 1, 2018.

    • Objective 5: Increase percentage of providers who report always/almost always discussing recommendations for survivorship care with survivors from baseline (TBD) to 80% by June 1, 2018.

    Goal 3: Improve provision of evidence based preventive services to cancer survivors.

    • Objective 1: Increase percentage of evidence based preventive services delivered to cancer survivors across all cancer survivors on practice survivor registries from baseline (TBD) to 80% by June 1, 2018. Baseline (or plans to establish baseline): We will work with partnering practices to query the electronic medical records to establish their baseline levels at project start. Measure: Electronic medical records review.


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