Cancer Survivorship at Stanford Cancer Institute

Stephanie M. Smith, Natasha Steele, Jennifer Kim, Ilana R. Yurkiewicz, Catherine Benedict, Ranak Trivedi, Lauren C. Heathcote, Pamela J. Simon, Kelly Bugos, Alison Clayton, Oxana Palesh, Lidia Schapira*

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The Stanford Cancer Survivorship Program is a key initiative of Stanford Cancer Institute. The program's mission is to improve the experience and outcomes of patients and family caregivers throughout all phases of the cancer trajectory by advancing survivorship research, clinical care, and education. The four pillars of the program include clinical care delivery with a focus on primary care-survivorship collaboration and expanding specialty services, education and training of healthcare professionals, transdisciplinary patient-oriented research, and community engagement. Cross-cutting areas of expertise include the following: (a) adolescents and young adults (AYAs), (b) mental health and patient self-management, (c) integration of primary care, and (d) postgraduate medical education. The clinical care model includes embedded survivorship clinics within disease groups in outpatient clinics, novel clinics designed to address unmet needs such as sexual health for women, and primary care-based faculty-led survivorship clinics for patients undergoing active cancer care requiring co-management, those who have completed active therapy and those at high risk for cancer due to genetic risk. Educational initiatives developed to date include an online course and medical textbook for primary care clinicians, a lecture series, monthly research team meetings, and rotations for medical trainees. Patient-facing activities include webinars and a podcast series designed to promote awareness, thus expanding the provision of expert-vetted information. Ongoing research focuses on oncofertility and family building after cancer, improving communication for AYAs, changing mindsets to improve quality of life through targeted digital interventions, increasing capacity to care for cancer survivors, and strengthening collaboration with community partners. 

IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: Stanford's Cancer Survivorship Program includes a robust transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, training and clinical platform that is committed to advancing access and improving care for people living with and beyond cancer, through innovation in design and care delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Survivorship
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • Adolescent
  • Young Adult
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Quality of Life/psychology
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Survivorship
  • Caregivers
  • Neoplasms/therapy


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