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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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caSNP E-News

May 2015
Vol 3, Issue 5

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
Enroll Today! The Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals 

This FREE online training is based on the first-ever consensus-based Core Competencies for Patient Navigators that were developed through a collaborative multi-stage process. The comprehensive training covers all the necessary fundamental information to effectively navigate patients.Get started in 3 easy steps:

  1. Visit the GW Cancer Institute Online Academy at

  2. Login or register for an account

  3. Use enrollment code: PNTrain (case sensitive)

Download the informational flyer.

#caSNPeTraning #TAPeTraining #PatientNavigation

caSNP Webinar Archive

Psychosocial Distress: A Process of Care, Not a Point in Time

Many cancer patients and families express unmet psychological needs during their cancer journey. In this webinar, Lynne S. Padgett, PhD, presented on the integration of distress screening and psychosocial support as a standard of care in oncology, including the role of navigators in screening for distress from prevention through survivorship and current methods and measures used for distress screening. You can view this archived webinar and others in our caSNP archive.

In the News

Cancer Drug Spending Hit $100 billion in 2014. Here's Why It'll Soon be Much Higher


According to this article published by Fortune, cancer drug spending reached $100 billion in 2014 and is expected to increase. This rise in spending can be contributed to early diagnosis and the increase in treatment success due to more targeted therapies. Read more.


Rethink Cancer: Cancer Education in Schools


Introducing cancer education early on to adolescents and young adults may have an impact on their rates of cancer diagnosis and have lifelong implications for this group. Learn more about cancer education in schools in this article published from Perspectives in Public Health.

Patient Navigators Improve Cancer Screening

New research suggests that patient navigation programs can improve screening rates of various cancers. Read more from Medscape.


Guidelines for the Use of Survivorship Care Plans: A Systematic Quality Appraisal Using the AGREE II Instrument


Survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) help in the transfer of care of cancer survivors from specialists to primary care providers. Although SCPs are increasingly recommended by guidelines, they are not yet widely used. In this article published by Implementation Science, research explored the quality of SCP guidelines and any impact on SCP use. Read more.


Participants' Barriers to Diagnostic Resolution and Factors Associated with Needing Patient Navigation


Medical facilities may have limited funds necessary to implement patient navigation programs. Published in Cancer, this study provides insight into demographic characteristics that can predict barriers to care for patients so that facilities may focus navigation resources on patients most likely to be lost to follow up. Read the article.


Survivorship Care Plan Preferences of Cancer Survivors and Health Care Providers: A Systematic Review and Quality Appraisal of the Evidence


Published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship, this article investigates cancer survivors' and providers' preferences and perceived usefulness of survivorship care plans and treatment summaries. Learn more.

Resources for Health Care Professionals

Updated ACCC 2015 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide Now Available 


The Association of Community Cancer Centers has released a May 2015 update to its 2015 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide. This resource provides financial assistance information on cancer drugs and includes tools to help health care professionals assist their patients in paying for their cancer treatment. Access the guide.

My Family Health Portrait: A Tool from the Surgeon General


The U.S. Surgeon General has released a tool for individuals to track their family health history, share with family members and learn about their risk for various health conditions. The tool is compatible with Electronic Health Records. Find out more.
E-Learning Series Offers Free CEs

The Current State of Survivorship Care and the Role of Primary Care Providers 

This month, we highlight module 1 of our Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers. The E-Learning Series is open to all health professionals and CEs are available at no cost to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses. Visit our website. #caSNPeTraining #Survivorship

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