A Treatment Summary is simply a document that details the cancer treatments that the patient received. It should include any surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other therapies.7 The summary should list the diagnosis, stage and any relevant information from the patient’s pathology report. For example, the pathology information may include the number of positive lymph nodes, estrogen receptor status or the tumor cell type.8 It does not need to be anything fancy, it just needs to contain the important information.
The Treatment Summary should be completed by the oncology provider after active treatment concludes, and shared with other doctors and health care providers—particularly the patient’s primary care provider.9
It is important for the oncology team to document the patient’s treatments during or soon after completing them. Down the road, information about what therapy a patient received several years earlier may not be easily accessed. Many long-term survivors have found it difficult to track down this information years later. To avoid this, start a Treatment Summary document during treatments or soon after.
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