WebMD. Cancer Health Center.[Web Site].http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/ncicdr0000062780-what-is-transitional-care-planning. Updated February 25, 2014. Accessed September 24, 2014. Transitional care planning helps the patient’s cancer care continue without interruption through different phases of the cancer experience. Transition means passage from one phase to another. Transitional care planning is the bridge between two phases of care. As the cancer patient’s treatment goals change or the place of care changes, the patient may encounter problems during the transition. Patients will need to make decisions that balance disease status and treatment options with family needs, finances, employment, spiritual or religious beliefs, and quality of life. There may be practical problems such as finding an appropriate rehabilitation center, obtaining special equipment, or paying for needed care. There may be mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. Transitional care planning helps identify and manage these problems so the transition can go smoothly, without interruption of care. This can reduce stress on the patient and family and improve the patient’s health outcome.