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J Clin Oncol. 2012 Oct 20;30(30):3764-8. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2012.41.7667. Epub 2012 Sep 24.

Cancer survivorship care: don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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  • 1Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


It has now been more than 5 years since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) laid out its bold vision of comprehensive survivorship care. Although there is clearly more attention paid to this phase of the cancer journey than previously, implementation of the IOM recommendations has proved difficult. In this article, we review some of the challenges to providing survivorship care and discuss efforts to prioritize the most essential elements.

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