Oncology & Primary Care Collaborate in Cancer Survivorship Symposium: SOC Members Make Significant Contribution

Dr. Carol Rosenberg teaches internist fellows about survivorship care at Northshore University HealthSystem.

Oncologists and primary care doctors are coming together later this week in Orlando Florida, for the first of its kind symposium to discuss the ongoing care of cancer survivors in primary care settings. Conference participants will exchange insights, and discuss research aimed to enhance multidisciplinary care coordination and improve patient outcomes. The symposium is chaired by Supportive Oncology Collaborative member Carol A. Rosenberg, Director of Preventive Health Initiatives and the LIFE Cancer Survivorship Program at Northshore University HealthSystem. Members from SOC will be presenting abstracts on two of the major SOC initiatives funded by The Coleman Foundation.

Supportive Care and Survivorship Care Training

Lack of training for a multidisciplinary healthcare team in how to deliver supportive oncology care was one of the main barriers the Supportive Oncology Collaborative (SOC) members identified in 2015 when they began convening. With support from The Coleman Foundation, the team designed and developed a series of 26 Supportive and Survivorship Care Training modules and made them available for CME credit for no charge on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) website.


A group from SOC will present an abstract at the conference on Friday, February 16 based on utilization of the training modules. “Utilization of a Web-based Survivorship and Supportive Oncology Training Curriculum for Clinicians”  According to web data on NCCN, over 3200 courses were completed (pretest, course, post-test, evaluation) and 4850 accessed. Nurses completed 56%, physicians 15%, social workers/psychologists/support staff 14%, advance practice clinicians 8%, and various roles for the rest.

Authors include:

Frank J. Penedo, Betty Roggenkamp, Carol A. Rosenberg, Julia Rachel Trosman, Patricia A. Robinson, Eileen Knightly, Mary Pasquinelli, Paramjeet Khosla, Anne Bowman, Teresa Lillis, James Gerhart, Megan Slocum, Sofia F. Garcia, Rosa Berardi, Joanna Martin, Shelly S. Lo, Christine B. Weldon; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL; Center for Business Models in Healthcare, Chicago, IL; NorthShore University HealthSystem, Highland Park, IL; Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL; University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Chicago, IL; Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL; UnityPoint Health Methodist, Peoria, IL, US; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Coleman Foundation, Chicago, IL; Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL


Survivorship Care Plan Screening Tool, pilot test

Increasingly cancer care standards are calling for Survivorship Care Plans and the Supportive Oncology Collaborative members convened the Coleman Foundation sought to design a screening tool that would help to inform physicians about patient concerns prior to their survivorship care appointments. This screening tool is available here for clincians and is translated to Spanish, French and Mandarin.


A pilot test of the screening tool in the Robert H. Lurie Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic revealed that a comprehensive and brief screener for patient concerns was feasible and acceptable for both patients and provider. Even in the context of a comprehensive survivorship visit, a screening tool uncovered additional concerns that led to supportive care referrals.

The SOC members will be presenting an abstract on Friday, February 16 at the symposium,” Piloting a screening tool in a breast cancer survivorship clinic.”

Authors include: Sheetal Mehta Kircher, Sofia F. Garcia, Megan Slocum, Joshua P Rutsohn, Allison Fisher, Christine B. Weldon, Frank J. Penedo; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL; Northwestern University, Chicago, IL