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Presenters: Shannon M. Ansbaugh, Gary Deng, Rev. George F. Handzo, and Karen L. Syrjala

Moderator : Jessica R. Bauman

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.

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Survivorship, Version 1.2021

Featured Updates to the NCCN Guidelines

Amye Tevaarwerk, Crystal S. Denlinger, Tara Sanft, Shannon M. Ansbaugh, Saro Armenian, K. Scott Baker, Gregory Broderick, Andrew Day, Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Kristin Dickinson, Debra L. Friedman, Patricia Ganz, Mindy Goldman, Norah Lynn Henry, Christine Hill-Kayser, Melissa Hudson, Nazanin Khakpour, Divya Koura, Allison L. McDonough, Michelle Melisko, Kathi Mooney, Halle C.F. Moore, Natalie Moryl, Javid J. Moslehi, Tracey O’Connor, Linda Overholser, Electra D. Paskett, Chirayu Patel, Lindsay Peterson, William Pirl, M. Alma Rodriguez, Kathryn J. Ruddy, Lidia Schapira, Lillie Shockney, Sophia Smith, Karen L. Syrjala, Phyllis Zee, Nicole R. McMillian, and Deborah A. Freedman-Cass

The NCCN Guidelines for Survivorship are intended to help healthcare professionals working with cancer survivors to ensure that each survivor’s complex and varied needs are addressed. The Guidelines provide screening, evaluation, and treatment recommendations for consequences of adult-onset cancer and its treatment; recommendations to help promote healthful lifestyle behaviors, weight management, and immunizations in survivors; and a framework for care coordination. This article summarizes the recommendations regarding employment and return to work for cancer survivors that were added in the 2021 version of the NCCN Guidelines.