The Importance of Survivorship: Focusing on the Health and Life of a Person with Cancer

July 2018 Vol 9, No 7
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG
Program Director and Co-Founder, AONN+; University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer, Departments of Surgery and Oncology; Administrative Director, The Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Cancer Survivorship Programs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Professor, JHU School of Medicine, Departments of Surgery, Oncology, Gynecology & Obstetrics - Baltimore, MD

Dear Navigators, Social Workers, Administrators, and Clinical Staff,

Promoting and enhancing survivorship are cornerstones of our mission as navigators. From community outreach efforts to improving quality of life, from managing efficiency throughout the cancer care continuum to implementing strategies to extend life, navigation efforts are primarily intended to improve the patient experience across the continuum of care, including improving clinical outcomes, increasing survival rates, and preserving quality of life.

By definition, survivorship begins at the moment of diagnosis. In this new era of oncology navigation, patient education, and survivorship care plans, survivors are more empowered than ever before. Survivors have evolved from patients following a course of treatment to well-informed members of the cancer care team who share in treatment-related decision-making. With survival rates improving, cancer survivors certainly require special considerations in maintaining their health. To this end, survivorship care plans are created and provided to patients to assist in their long-term care.

In this issue, you will learn about the Commission on Cancer’s survivorship care plan requirements in an article by Staci Oertle, RN, MSN, APN, AOCNP, entitled Update to CoC Standard 3.3: What Navigators Need to Know, as well as my thoughts on survivorship in the Interview with the Innovators department.

We are also pleased to bring you a chapter from the recently published book Team-Based Oncology Care: The Pivotal Role of Oncology Navigation. The chapter is entitled Transition to Survivorship (page 268) and was authored by our own Pamela Goetz, BA, OPN-CG, and Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, MA.

On behalf of all of us at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators and the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship, I commend you on your dedication to navigating patients to an empowered survivorship.


Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG
Editor-in-Chief, JONS; Program Director, AONN+
University Distinguished Professor of Breast Cancer, Adm Director, the Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Programs; Professor of Surgery and Oncology, JHU School of Medicine; Co-Creator, Work Stride-Managing Cancer at Work. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship. 2018;10:256.
Last modified: July 30, 2018

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