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Introducing Cancer Survivorship Training for Healthcare Professionals

There are an estimated 13 million cancer survivors living in the US today, with projected growth to 18 million by 2020. As a result, many healthcare groups and cancer centers are not equipped to address their growing survivor populations. Stemming from this need for quality after care, researchers from the University of Kansas (KU) developed Cancer Survivorship Training (CST), an eLearning solutions provider, to help improve the lives and well-being of cancer survivors by educating and training the healthcare professionals that care for them.

CST online and community courses are designed to increase education, knowledge and skills about survivorship care through theory-based and practical continuing education online curriculum and mobile based learning. The training also provides essential tools for developing and sustaining formal survivorship programs, including oncofertility resources. The Oncofertility Consortium partnered with researchers at KU to help develop CST’s oncofertility course, providing fertility preservation education and options. As studies have shown, fertility is an important factor in many young cancer survivors quality of life following treatment, thus educating patients about their reproductive options is a critical component of comprehensive cancer and survivorship care.

Lead developer of CST, Jennifer Klemp, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the KU. Dr. Klemp has a strong interest in patients’ quality of life issues following cancer treatment and is the Director of Cancer Survivorship at KU Cancer Center. She designed CST to deliver continuing education to health care providers actively involved in the care of cancer survivors, including; physicians, oncology nurses, mid-level practitioners, allied health professionals, and practice administrators.

CST emphasizes the importance of post-treatment survivorship care as well as the opportunity for education and prevention of late and long-term effects, including infertility, from the time of diagnosis.  The multi-disciplinary approach provides the healthcare provider with information to care for the needs of cancer survivors from the time of diagnosis and develop skills focusing on essential elements to the delivery of survivorship. To learn more about Cancer Survivorship Training, please visit www.cancersurvivorshiptraining.com or click here.

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