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E-Learning Series

The Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series is a free continuing education program that provides a forum to educate primary care providers (PCPs) who may have patients who are cancer survivors about how to better understand and care for survivors in the primary care setting. Continuing education credits (CEs) are available at no cost to participants for each 1-hour module.


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#PrimaryCare providers: learn about #ProstateCancer #Survivorship follow-up care guidelines and get #FreeCE:


At the National Academies of Science: The importance of patient engagement in quality health care #patientcentricity

Article: ABCDE Steps to Prevent Heart Disease in Breast #cancersurvivors Simple table distills strategies
caSNP E-News

November 2014
Vol 2, Issue 11

The GW Cancer Institute's Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy (caSNP) E-News provides information on relevant articles, trends and updates in the fields of navigation and survivorship along with current and upcoming caSNP programs and initiatives.
News from GW Cancer Institute
Patient Navigator Competencies

The GW Cancer Institute created core competencies for non-clinically licensed patient navigators using a highly collaborative, multi-stage process from January 2013 through August 2014. We are developing a free, online training based on the competencies that will be available in December 2014. Download the overview and competencies. #PatientNavigation

NCCCP Navigation Assessment Tool Webinar

The GW Cancer Institute will host a webinar providing an overview of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program Navigation Assessment Tool on November 19, 2014 at noon ET. Register now! #caSNPwebinar

Join our caSNP LinkedIn Group!

In response to your expressed interests in sharing best practices and connecting to discuss survivorship and navigation issues, we've launched a caSNP LinkedIn group! This group serves as a forum for health care professionals to discuss cancer patient navigation, survivorship and patient-centered care. Please join us

Cancer Control Technical Assistance Portal (TAP) is live!

The GW Cancer Institute is pleased to announce the launch of our new Cancer Control Technical Assistance Portal (TAP)
(, designed to pull together existing and new technical assistance for Comprehensive Cancer Control. Watch this video that provides an overview of the website and its functionality. Search for survivorship and patient navigation resources in the resource repository.
In the News

Case-Based, Weekly Tumor Boards May Improve Survival and Boost Clinical Trial Participation


Results of a Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium study indicated a link between physicians' tumor board participation and patients' outcomes and clinical trials participation. Read more from Oncology Nursing News


Lowering Medical Costs Through the Sharing of Savings by Physicians and Patients: Inclusive Shared Savings


Cancer treatment options may often be similar in effectiveness but vary greatly in cost. This article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, introduces the concept of inclusive shared savings as an option to lower medical costs through savings shared between patients and providers. Read the article.


Communication Skills Training for Health Professionals Working with People Who Have Cancer


Published in Cancer Nursing, this summary provides an overview of the literature on communication skills training for health care professionals of varying disciplines and its implications for patient health status and satisfaction. Find out more.  


Why Shared Decision Making May Not Be That Simple


This article published on explores how shared decision making is unique for individual patients, which can have implications for cancer treatment and outcomes. Read more


Palliative Care? But I Am Not Dying!


Published on Engaging the, this article highlights the distinction between palliative care and end-of-life care. The discussion addresses the importance of understanding how palliative services can be beneficial for controlling symptoms due to chronic illnesses. Read the article. 

Resources for Health Care Professionals

ASCO Survivorship Resource

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) just released a newly updated survivorship care plan form, which oncology professionals use to provide survivors with detailed information about the given treatment, the need for future check-ups and tests and potential long-term late effects.The new version has been streamlined and can be downloaded in Cancer.Net's Survivorship section or found as part of the ASCO Answers Guide to Survivorship (PDF), ASCO's newest resource for patients finishing active treatment.

Two Free Apps Help Manage Cancer Symptoms and Coordinate Care

According to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), two mobile applications for iOS/iPhone and Android are now available for cancer survivors. The apps, Self-Care During Cancer Treatment and My Care Plan, provide education on management of symptoms and care coordination after treatment. Find out more.


OncoLink's LIVESTRONG Care Plan is a free resource for survivors of adult cancers, with information on the symptoms of their cancer treatment. The tool guides patients through the creation of a survivorship care plan to be discussed with their health care team. Learn more.

Current Issues in Cancer Care Webinar

NCCS held a webinar on September 17 as part of their Cancer Policy Advocate Training program. The webinar provides a general overview of the current state of cancer policy issues including FDA approval paths, payment reform proposals, quality measurement in cancer, pricing, the shifting of the site of cancer care and the language of cancer. Access the archived webinar.

If you have any feedback regarding the caSNP E-News or other questions, please send an e-mail to [email protected]

Thank you,
The GW Cancer Institute's
Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy

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