Conclusion

The ever increasing population of cancer survivors is just now being recognized as a distinct population with a lot of common health and social issues. Still, the care they are in need of must be individually tailored. As a result, a focus on clarity about the roles of different providers in the management of survivors and an explicit plan going forward are the most important aspects of high quality survivorship care. Whether or not a formal consultation and survivorship document becomes standard practice, the principles articulated in the IOM recommendations will ensure that the transition along the cancer trajectory from patient to survivor can be as smooth as possible.

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