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Betsy Rolland and Jordan Eschler

Background: Cancer survivorship presents unique medical, psychosocial, and logistical challenges for survivors, their caregivers, and clinicians. NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers (CCCs) serve a unique role in the delivery of cancer care because they not only provide care but also serve as a model for community oncologists and clinics through the development and dissemination of standards of care. Survivors, their caregivers, and clinicians look to CCCs to provide information about how to navigate the transition from active to posttreatment care. However, there is wide variability in the types of resources CCCs make available on their websites. The goal of our assessment was to understand the types of posttreatment survivor-specific resources CCCs are providing on their website. Methods: We analyzed the websites of the 47 CCCs to evaluate survivor-specific resources around the 4 components of survivorship care described by the Institute of Medicine guidelines for survivorship care plans: surveillance, prevention, intervention, and coordination. Results: Of the 47 CCCs, 74.5% (n=35) had discoverable survivor-specific services on their websites. Despite our inclusive approach to coding, few websites contained extensive information targeted at survivors, their caregivers, or clinicians. Only the coordination and intervention elements were discussed by at least half of the CCCs. From the vantage point of cancer survivors, their lay caregivers, loved ones, or clinicians, there is limited information about survivor-specific services on the websites of the 47 CCCs. This dearth of information translates into substantial work for these groups to find the resources they may need. Conclusions: The CCCs have an opportunity to serve as information hubs and to lessen the amount of work associated with survivorship. As models of cancer care delivery, the CCCs can also set the standard for community oncologists and clinics for delivery of care that improves the quality of life for survivors.