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Cancer care often uncoordinated - USATODAY.com

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:16am

Cancer care often uncoordinated - USATODAY.com: "Cancer patients often suffer from a lack of information, Stovall says. Many long-term survivors — who commonly suffer side effects years after treatment — have trouble reconstructing exactly what was done to them. Over time, doctors may relocate or even pass away.

That's why Stovall says every cancer patient deserves three key documents:

•A care plan, written shortly after diagnosis, outlining how doctors plan to treat their cancer.

•A treatment summary given to the patient at the end of their therapy, outlining all their surgeries, radiation and drugs, including specific dosages.

•A plan for ongoing care, describing how survivors should monitor their health, including guidance on screening tests, follow-up visits and potential long-term side effects."

This should be true for all chronic diseases !

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