For those who are survivors, there is a new standard requiring accredited cancer centers to provide a quality-of-life improvement program. From the document "Guide for Delivering Quality Survivorship Care" from the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center:
"A major facilitator in increasing the number of survivorship programs, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) announced a new patient-centered Survivorship Care Planning standard that must be phased in by 2015. Because CoC-accredited institutions care for the majority of cancer patients in the United States, this standard has the potential to significantly impact survivorship care." (page 8, https://cancersurvivorshipcentereducation.org/uploads/Guide_for_Delivering_Quality_Survivorship_Care_FINAL.pdf
This gives us an opportunity to ask our doctors what's being done to meet this standard and to get into a program to address quality-of-life issues we're having. It's an encouraging development, and I'm bringing it up next month when I see my oncologist.