Plenary Session—The Patient Journey: Cancer Survivor Care

Quality survivorship care is critical for individuals dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional impacts of cancer and its treatment. Patients may not grasp the full traumatic impact of a cancer diagnosis until years later, but the mental health impacts of cancer can be significant. At the NCCN 2022 Annual Conference, a diverse panel discussed the cancer journey through the eyes of survivorship care, with voices representing both the patient and provider perspectives. Featured during the discussion were updates to the NCCN Distress Thermometer Problem List (to represent current psycho‐oncology best practices more accurately), NCCN recommendations for mental health screening, and the benefit of integrative medicine both to relieve symptoms and improve overall wellness. Empowering patients to become active participants in their own treatment and strong survivors afterward was the overriding theme throughout the panel discussion.

Disclosures: Ms. Ansbaugh and Rev. Handzo have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Dr. Deng has disclosed receiving royalty income from Phaidon Press. Dr. Syrjala has disclosed receiving royalty income from UpToDate. Dr. Bauman has disclosed receiving consulting fees from BeiGene Blueprint Medicines, Eli Lilly and Company, Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, LP, Mirati, and Turning Point; and serving as a scientific advisor for Merck & Co., Inc.

Correspondence: Jessica R. Bauman, MD, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111. Email: Jessica.Bauman@fccc.edu
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