Dr. Sanft on Creating Survivorship Care Plans for Patients in Small Practices

April 6, 2015

Tara Sanft, MD, assistant professor of medicine (medical oncology), medical director, Adult Survivorship, Yale Cancer Center Survivorship Clinic, explains how small practices and cancer centers can successfully create survivorship plans for their cancer patients.

Tara Sanft, MD, assistant professor of medicine (medical oncology), medical director, Adult Survivorship, Yale Cancer Center Survivorship Clinic, explains how small practices and cancer centers can successfully create survivorship plans for their cancer patients.

Sanft says not every practice or cancer center has a multidisciplinary clinic that can offer survivorship care plans. At smaller practices and cancer centers, usually one person takes on the task of creating the plans. Designating a nurse practitioner or an advanced practice nurse the source person to make documents and give them to patients is usually the best plan, Sanft says.

Cancer centers that don’t have a huge team can also refer their patients to outside specialists, such as registered dieticians, social workers, physical therapists and psychologists to help meet the needs of the patient.