Education for Professionals

education curriculum for cancer survivorship training for healthcare professionals

Cancer Survivorship Training (CST) delivers online continuing medical education and training to healthcare professionals.  CST has created a series of CNE/CME courses developed in collaboration with experts in the field of cancer survivorship research and clinical care. Initial funding was provided by Back in the Swing, USA, through the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

CST’s curriculum is based on established needs in the delivery of survivorship care including: experiences of the KU Cancer Center and data collected by a national educational needs assessment.  In collaboration with the National Oncology Nursing Society, oncology nurses around the country were asked the importance of survivorship skills and their self-reported competency in a variety of topics of cancer survivorship.  A resounding 83% responded “very important” for oncology nurses to address survivorship issues, yet only 13% considered themselves “very skilled” in this area of care.  In addition, the survey addressed preferences on learning (including eLearning), and the nurses were very receptive to quality, online education.

Now, without traveling or leaving their offices, healthcare professionals can receive the professional education and training they need to provide their patients with comprehensive, evidence-based, survivorship care, and meet national accreditation standards.  To disseminate education across the Kansas City area, Back in the Swing USA, is providing access for all Kansas City Chapter-Oncology Nursing Society Members to take the online curriculum.

The CST curriculum was developed in collaboration with leaders in the field of cancer survivorship research and clinical care. Staff and advisers include experts from the University of Kansas Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Sanford Health, University of Wisconsin, and others.

Courses include:

  • Patient Navigation and Adherence to Oral Medications
  • Physical Late and Long-term Effects of Cancer and its Treatment
  • Psychosocial Issues and Cancer
  • Energy Balance (Diet and Exercise)
  • Economic Well-being, Employment and Cancer
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • Fatigue and Cognitive Difficulties
  • Sexual Health
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Genetic Issues for Cancer Patient and Family Members
  • Screening for New or Recurrent Cancer, Cancer Prevention and Control and the Role of Primary Care in Cancer Survivorship Care
  • Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers

Please check http://www.CancerSurvivorshipTraining.com for more information.