Goal 7: Reduce or prevent morbidity and improve quality of life among cancer survivors in the Houston MSA. (Developmental Goal)


  • Policy Objectives:
    • Support initiatives promoting access to and reimbursement for survivorship care plan use
    • Ensure health care insurance access for cancer survivors, e.g., pre-existing condition exclusions, state high-risk pool costs, etc.
    • Promote policies supporting access to pain and symptom management, palliative care, hospice, and end-of-life care

  • Education Objectives:
    • Public: Increase awareness of survivorship issues of caregivers and survivors
    • Public: Increase knowledge of survivorship issues of caregivers and survivors
    • Public: Increase survivors’ skills and self-efficacy to better cope with survivorship
    • Professional: Increase health care professionals’ knowledge and improve practice of long-term follow-up of cancer survivors (to include surveillance, prevention/screening, late effects, quality of life and coordination of care)
    • Professional: Develop a cancer survivorship curriculum to prepare primary care providers to provide long-term care with improved patient outcomes (to include management of long-term disease and treatment effects; surveillance and screening for recurrent and second malignancies; and appropriate referral to support services to improve quality of life)
    • Professional: Establish a comprehensive training program for health care professionals to promote delivery of quality survivorship care

  • Service Objectives:
    • Implement model survivorship programs at MD Anderson to demonstrate best practices in survivorship care, e.g., use of Survivorship Care Plans
    • Increase access to quality, focused care and services for cancer survivors, e.g., needs assessment, availability of effective programs Membership



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Data from the Texas Cancer Registry, SEER, and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) are used to prioritize cancer sites and risk factors for inclusion within the cancer control plan. The following data and data sources are informing the activities of the Goal 7: Survivorship Workgroup.


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