Journey Forward is a program that helps cancer Survivors know what they may have to face once their active treatment comes to an end. It offers many ways to guide you through your next steps, which may include: A simple yet full treatment summary that your oncology team completes; a list of things to keep an eye on; and resources to support and educate you.
An article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology states that care after treatment is an essential but missing step in a patient’s cancer journey. The Institute of Medicine* indicates survivor care should help:
- Prevent recurrent and new cancers as well as other late effects.
- Intervene for symptoms that result from cancer and its treatment.
- Coordinate the work of specialists and primary care physicians to ensure that all of a Survivor’s health needs are met.
We know from research that most primary care physicians and cancer patients want a Survivorship Care Plan. Survivors need to know that they will keep getting the same level of care following active treatment. Journey Forward can provide that bridge of care to help Survivors know what to expect.