You may have seen the recent coverage of our distress screening tool, CancerSupportSource, in yesterday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal. In an article underlining new standards set by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer, The Informed Patient columnist Laura Landro distinguishes the Cancer Support Community as an organization leading the way in ensuring that screening for emotional and psychological distress is a part of complete cancer care. She also elaborates on the state of distress screening in a video interview and follows up with a closer look at the Cancer Support Community in her post on The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog.
In the article, Landro cites studies showing that more than half of all cancer patients may experience some form of distress, and she indicates that these psychological feelings can also negatively affect a patient’s physical condition. Landro then points to CancerSupportSource, a screening program of the Cancer Support Community that is licensed for use in select hospitals and cancer centers across the country. CancerSupportSource consists of a 25-item questionnaire that allows patients to rate their concerns and get connected to community and in-house support services that fit their individual needs.
We hope that yesterday’s coverage in The Wall Street Journal will make more people aware of the need to ensure that social and emotional support is an integral part of quality cancer care. We are proud to do our part through the vital support and services we offer to those touched by cancer.
To learn more about our CancerSupportSource screening program and find other resources for people affected by cancer, please visit our website at www.cancersupportcommunity.org.