Introduction to Survivorship Series Video Transcript


Professional Oncology Education
Introduction to Survivorship Series
Time: 2:36

Lewis E. Foxhall, M.D.
Vice President
Health Policy, Office of the Executive
Vice President, Physician-in-Chief
The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Alma E. Rodriguez, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Vice President, Physician-in-Chief
The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


Dr. Foxhall: Hello. I'm Doctor Lewis Foxhall, Vice President for Health Policy at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Rodriguez: And I'm Doctor Alma Rodriguez, Vice President of Medical Affairs. We are now entering into a new chapter in the medical chronicles of cancer care. Whereas in the 20th Century cancer was considered a fatal disease, today many types of cancers are either curable or chronic. And patients will live through the cancer or with the cancer, for years. This brings a new paradigm of what it means to take care of cancer survivors. A cancer survivor by the National Cancer Institute's official definition is any patient who has been diagnosed with cancer. A long-term cancer survivor is someone who has lived past the risk of primary cancer recurrence or who has a long-term chronic malignancy.

Dr. Foxhall: There are over 12 million cancer survivors alive today. They make up about 4% of the U.S. population. Most survivors continue to work with their primary care physician after diagnosis, during and after treatment. Knowledge of their needs is critical to delivery of ongoing care that maximizes the benefits of treatment and enhances their quality of life. On average a primary care physician sees at least one long-term survivor in their office daily. It's important to identify these patients and provide the services they need related to surveillance for recurrence, management of late and long-term complications of treatment, prevention and early detection of second primary tumors, and support to improve psychosocial functioning. This care may be delivered in partnership with the cancer center, local specialists, or independently. Working together we can prevent our cancer survivors from getting lost in transition from active treatment to long-term survivorship.

Dr. Rodriguez: At the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center we have seen nearly 900,000 cancer patients during the course of the institutions 70-year history. Through this series of lectures our goal is to share our knowledge with you to bridge the continuum of care, partnering with you in the care of the growing patient population of long-term cancer survivors.

Dr. Foxhall: We hope to answer any questions that you may have about survivorship. Please let us know this series is valuable to you, and how we can provide further assistance. Thank you.


Introduction to Survivorship Series video