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Fox Chase Cancer Center leads efforts to establish national standards for survivorship care
Date:3/19/2012

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (March 18, 2012)People are living longer with and after a cancer diagnosis, making survivorship clinics and programsas well as official guidelines and practices governing the care of survivorsan important emerging component of modern cancer care. Many institutions are looking to gather these resources into an easily understandable plan for their survivors.

"Cancer survivors face a lot of unique and very specific challenges," says Crystal S. Denlinger, M.D., a medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center who will present on best practices in cancer survivorship at the NCCN 17th Annual Conference: Clinical Practice Guidelines & Quality Cancer Care on March 18. "In oncology medicine, there has been a much more concerted effort to address these needs in a systematic way."

Denlinger has been leading efforts for the last five years to enhance survivorship care at Fox Chasea founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and a national leader in the movement towards better survivorship care. She spearheaded the development of the Center for Survivorship at Fox Chase, which collects in-house and by-referral resources to provide comprehensive survivorship care to the Center's patient population.

At the presentation, Denlinger and her colleagues will address best practices and the major elements of survivorship care. They will cite the most current research on survivorship, which includes recently released guidelines from the American Cancer Society on nutrition and physical activity and the American College of Sports Medicine on exercise. The goal of such guidelines is to shepherd the survivor through the four "seasons of survival," which include acute, transitional, extended and permanent survivorshipor the path from diagnosis to remission and beyond.

Denlinger notes that even patients with metastatic disease have unique survivorship care needs.

"Some people are considered cured a
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Contact: Diana Quattrone
Diana.Quattrone@fccc.edu
215-728-7784
Fox Chase Cancer Center
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