More than 1 million Americans have been diagnosed with colon cancer, and colon cancer survivors are the third largest group of cancer survivors in the country. Cancer patients often receive an abundance of care and support during their treatment, but do not have as many options to support survivorship once treatment is complete.
Researchers based at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) will invite 120 stage I-III colon cancer survivors to participate in a pilot study that will create a JourneyForward Survivorship Care Plan (SCP) for each participant.
Deborah Mayer, from the UNC School of Nursing, will lead the team examining the feasibility, acceptability and satisfaction of the SCPs for patients, providers and health care systems. Other investigators on the team include Janine Davis from the Medical Oncology department at the UNC School of Medicine and Ziya Gizlice from HPDP.
The project is a Special Interest Project (SIP) funded through the Prevention Research Center (PRC) Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPDP has been a PRC for 24 years and is currently conducting ten SIPs in addition to Seeds of HOPE, the Center’s PRC Core Research Project.