Truth: every wardrobe needs ‘kicky’ little black dress [or black tie] just as every cancer survivor needs a cancer treatment summary [CTS].
A CTS is a detailed summary of your diagnosis, treatment along with your risk profile for late effects and recommendations for future monitoring diagnostics.
A thorough CTS 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 given, type of radiation, and the area involved in the radiation field
- Chemotherapy: names of agents and total doses, if applicable [i.e. anthracyclines and alkylators]
- 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 CTS should be given to your Primary Care Provider [PCP] and each specialist involved with your care. You should also have a copy for your records.
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