AUSTIN, Texas, April 14, 2010 – Today the American Cancer Society, the worlds largest voluntary health organization, expressed its support for the LIVESTRONG Care Plan Powered by Penn Medicines OncoLink, a free, one-of-a-kind online tool that gives cancer survivors, their families and physicians the ability to create an individualized plan of care using up-to-date treatment information based on Institute of Medicine recommendations. The LIVESTRONG Care Plan, currently available in English and Spanish at www.livestrongcareplan.org, will now also be available to the Societys constituents at www.cancer.org and through many of its diverse programs and resources.
"With cancer projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide this year, the need to get effective resources to cancer survivors is more critical than ever," said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG president and CEO. "By working with the American Cancer Society to expand the reach of the LIVESTRONG Care Plan, we are empowering cancer survivors around the world with an easy and accessible way for them to take charge and optimize the quality of their lives."
"For decades, the American Cancer Society has worked to provide programs and services that can improve quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Today, we support patient service and advocacy programs in more than 20 countries," said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D. chief executive officer, American Cancer Society. "As we work to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, the Society recognizes the need for more and better support for cancer survivors and is pleased that the LIVESTRONG Care Plan will be an important resource for the 11 million cancer survivors here in the United States."
The LIVESTRONG Care Plan, in collaboration with OncoLink, assists adults diagnosed with cancer in understanding and planning for such issues as: potential late effects of treatment; recommendations for cancer screening (recurrence or new primary); psychosocial effects (including relationships and sexuality/fertility); recommendations for a healthy lifestyle; genetic counseling (if appropriate); effective prevention options; and a list of resources made available through the LIVESTRONG cancer survivorship support services.
This is the latest joint effort by LIVESTRONG and the Society. In recent years, the two organizations have worked together on several occasions to raise awareness about the global burden of cancer, and take concrete steps to help governments and advocacy groups around the world combat the disease.
LIVESTRONGs interest in providing a state-of-the-art care plan through its Network reaches back to 2006 and the first meeting of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network which identified the need for a care plan through which cancer survivors could document important milestones in their cancer experiences. The benefit of cancer survivorship care plans was embraced by an Institute of Medicine report, "From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition" in November, 2005.
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONGs mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information visit www.LIVESTRONG.org.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nations largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
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