SurvivorCare: A randomised controlled trial evaluating a nurse-led survivorship care package for bowel cancer survivors.

Some survivors of colorectal cancer report distressing effects after completing treatment. Strategies to identify and respond to survivors’ issues are needed. In a randomized controlled trial, the addition of a nurse-led supportive care package (SurvivorCare) to usual post-treatment care did not impact on survivors’ distress, quality of life or unmet needs. However patients receiving the SurvivorCare intervention were more satisfied with survivorship care.


Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


Cancer Australia with beyondblue

Victorian Cancer Agency

Principal Investigator/s

A/Prof Michael Jefford

Contact details

A/Prof Michael Jefford

Email: [email protected]

Publications & presentations

Jefford M, Aranda S, Gough K,Schofield P. Evaluating a nurse-led survivorship care package (SurvivorCare) for bowel cancer survivors: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2013;14: 260.

Jefford M, Gough K, Drosdowsky A, Russell L, Aranda S, Butow P, Phipps-Nelson J et al. A randomised controlled trial of a nurse-led supportive care package (SurvivorCare) for survivors of colorectal cancer. The Oncologist. 2016; 21: e1-10.

Russell L, Gough K, Drosdowsky A, Schofield P … Jefford M. Psychological distress, quality of life, symptoms and unmet needs of colorectal cancer survivors near the end of treatment. J Cancer Surviv. 2015;9: 462-470.