Truth: every wardrobe needs a little black dress or black bow tie just as every cancer survivor needs a cancer treatment summary.
A cancer treatment summary is a detailed summary of your diagnosis, treatment along with your risk profile for late effects and recommendations for future monitoring diagnostics.
A thorough treatment summary includes the following:
- Treating Institution
- Treating Physician
- Diagnosis, including primary site
- Age at Diagnosis
- Year of Treatment
- Extent of Disease
- Surgery: date and type
- Radiation: total dose received, type of radiation, and the area involved in the radiation field
- Chemotherapy: names of agents and total doses, if applicable
- Personalized Risk Profile
- Recommended Screening Diagnostics
Late effects monitoring should be done as part of the greater wellness plan and in keeping with the Children’s Oncology Group Survivorship Guidelines.
A copy of your treatment summary should be given to your Primary Care Provider, and each specialist involved with your care.
You should also have a copy for your records.
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