The Treatment Summary is completed by the hospital and given to the person affected by cancer with a copy to their GP. The summary includes possible treatment toxicities and /or late effects, alert symptoms that require referral back to a specialist team, an ongoing management plan, and a summary of information about their cancer.
It also includes the READ codes so that the GP can update their patient database. READ codes are a way of coding disease status and treatment activity in an electronic format.
The Treatment Summary aims to inform the GP and other primary care professionals of any actions they need take and who to contact with any questions or concerns. The person affected by cancer also receives a copy to improve understanding of their condition and to provide a summary to share with other professionals and those of their choice, e.g. for travel insurance purposes. A copy of the Treatment Summary is retained in the case notes and is useful for medical staff if the person affected by cancer is admitted in an emergency after primary treatment is complete.
The Treatment Summary enables the GP to update their database and can also be used to inform the Cancer Care Review.
Completing a Treatment Summary could not be easier as it is now available electronically on the two main cancer information systems Somerset Cancer Register and InfoFlex Cancer Information Management System. If you already use these systems contact your provider for more details.
To find out more about how the Treatment Summary fits into the Recovery Package, watch our video.
If you use an in-house cancer information management system and would like advice about adding the Treatment Summary template, or for any other information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.