NorthShore Receives Grant to Boost Curriculum

Overview of the Living in the Future Cancer Survivorship Course

In its second year, The Coleman Foundation provides a framework for Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) to support the development and implementation of a new curriculum for health professionals involved with late treatment or post treatment cancer survivors. Surveys from the National Cancer Institute reveal that less than 10 percent of primary care physicians are aware of the most common late effects of cancer and its treatments.

Developed by Carol A. Rosenberg, MD, FACP, Director and Founder of the LIFE Program, the Living in the Future Cancer Survivorship Curriculum addresses this gap in medical education, and provides a framework for dissemination of the science of survivorship. The curriculum provides emerging health professionals, as well as those who are in long standing practice, with a foundation of attitude, knowledge and skills related to survivorship care. “In order to care for cancer survivors, health professionals really need to be able to anticipate the needs of cancer survivors, identify the problems which may face cancer survivors, and address these needs and issues in a dynamic partnership with cancer survivors and their families,” said Dr. Rosenberg. “ The Living in the Future Cancer Survivorship Curriculum encompasses these goals and will facilitate the critical competencies that should be part of the routine care of cancer survivors going forward into a healthful future.”

Click here to watch a three minute video overview about the LIFE Program’s new survivorship curriculum for health care professionals.

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