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Pearlman Cancer Center Featured on American Cancer Society Webinar

Posted on: November 5th, 2014


Valdosta, Ga. – SGMC’s Pearlman Cancer Center has been asked to participate in the American Cancer Society’s webinar “Implementing Survivor Care Plans for Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited Cancer Programs.” The webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST, will feature speakers from the Commission on Cancer, CoC-accredited Hospitals, and the American Cancer Society who will discuss the recent clarifications to Standard 3.3 and share their perspectives on implementing survivor care plans within CoC-accredited cancer programs.W

Webinar Objectives:
• Increase understanding of new requirements for CoC Standard 3.3.
• Build awareness of Survivor Care Plan resources, tools, and best practices.
• Discuss challenges and successes in implementing Survivor Care Plans; Mary Ann Heddon, RN, MSN, OCN is the Clinical Trials Coordinator at the Pearlman Cancer Center.

She established SGMC’s Clinical Trials Program in 1993. Heddon received her BSN from Medical College of Georgia in 1978 and her MSN from MCG in 1984. She co-developed Pearlman Cancer Center’s Survivorship Program from 2007 to 2011 and has co-authored multiple articles and poster presentations on survivorship. The CoC requires that accredited cancer centers fulfill new survivorship accreditation requirements beginning in 2015.

The Pearlman Cancer Center’s Survivorship program was packaged into a kit to serve as a blueprint for community cancer centers nationwide. It is available for purchase and offers an affordable solution to save considerable time and development costs. The kit, with easy to use templates and educational materials, is available to community cancer centers online at

While the current focus is on survivorship care planning, that is only one component of a much broader palette of essential post-treatment services. The Pearlman Cancer Center at SGMC is proud to be an innovator bringing survivorship services to community cancer centers nationwide. Please contact us for more information.