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Caring for the Continuum of Patients With Pancreatic Cancer: The Importance of Survivorship Care Planning

Tessa Polakowski
Melanie Kerr
Ashley Gregg Durand
CJON 2015, 19(1), E21-E24 DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.E21-E24

Background: Pancreatic cancer is widely recognized as one of the most formidable cancer diagnoses. However, whether aggressive treatment is undertaken or not, it is critical for all care providers to understand the treatment plan. Survivorship care plans are a new trend in improving communication between the providers and the patient.

Objectives: The current article will outline the pathophysiology, risk factors, diagnosis and prognosis, treatment, and potential complications of pancreatic cancer.

Methods: The importance of survivorship care planning will be demonstrated through a case study presentation and evidence-based discussion. In addition, a general template for a survivorship care plan has been included.

Findings: Based on a review of current literature and recommendations, it can be concluded that survivorship care planning would be beneficial for all patients with cancer. This simple tool has the potential to improve coordination of care and patient satisfaction.

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