Beth Sanders Moore

Cancer Survivorship Advocate and Philanthropy Nonprofit Fundraising Executive in Dallas, Texas

Beth Sanders Moore

Cancer Survivorship Advocate and Philanthropy Nonprofit Fundraising Executive in Dallas, Texas

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Beth Sanders Moore is a survivor of breast cancer diagnosed in 2001. Since 1991, she’s been raising funds and advocating for breast health education and cancer survivorship care-- in partnership with Susan G. Komen®, CancerForward, MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, UT Southwestern Dallas, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, among others.

Beth's a thought leader on the critical need for cancer survivorship care planning. Check out this excerpt from her bio, "A Cancer Survivor's Advocacy"...

“Doesn’t it seem logical that all cancer survivors would receive personalized cancer survivorship care plans as they transition from active treatment to follow-up care? One would think so. Every survivor would have a guide outlining his or her diagnosis, treatments, suggested follow-up tests, and possible side effects. The goal is to help manage long-term health and improve quality of life.

Sadly, widespread use of care plans is not the norm. Cancer survivorship care planning is relatively new. In November, 2005 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recognized this shortfall and in their report "From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition" recommended that every cancer survivor receive an individualized survivorship care plan.

Despite the recommendation from IOM, the majority of cancer survivors sill today don’t have a comprehensive care summary or follow-up plan provided by their oncology team. Many survivors have difficulty gathering information about their treatment and post-treatment needs.

Severalcancer research and advocacy organizationsas well as professional oncology associations offer templates to guide survivors in creating their own care plans.I strongly urge all cancer survivors without a survivorship care plan to consider using these tools to create their own care plans.

I wasn't given a survivorship care plan by my treatment center, so I created my own. It’s helped me better understand my own treatment regimen and possible late and long-term side effects. That, in turn, has helped me manage health issues I experience as a result of my treatment. No question, my care plan has improved the quality and perhaps the longevity of my life.

Being a cancer survivor isn't a passive job. I've found that “it’s all about me!”

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    • Mays Business School
    • Texas A&M University