The Cancer Support Community has led an intensive effort over many years to understand social and emotional distress experienced by people touched by cancer. In 2007, the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C. issued a report entitled Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, which recommends that every person diagnosed with cancer get screened for distress and connected to critical national and local resources.
This led CSC to develop CancerSupportSource™, a 25-item web-based distress screening, referral, and follow-up program designed for community hospitals, oncology practices and nonprofit organizations, including our network of 57 CSC affiliates. To date, over 1,000 screenings have been conducted with patients in their communities, leading to a broader understanding of patient needs.
In less than 10 minutes, participants can complete a 25-item screening survey at home prior to attending a Welcome Meeting by using any computer or tablet with internet access and a standard browser.
CancerSupportSource™ enables patients to not only rate their concerns but to identify what specific assistance is needed. CancerSupportSource™ provides the participant a written Personal Support Care Plan with information and referrals for support services which can be printed.
To take the CancerSupportSource™ screening survey prior to attending the Welcome Meeting or starting individual counseling, please contact Nancy Lomibao, M.S. LMFT at nancy@
CancerSupportSource™ is now being adopted by a number of organizations and hospitals nationwide, including many of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer–accredited institutions that are required to implement universal distress screening starting in 2015.