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Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2017 May;26(3). doi: 10.1111/ecc.12708. Epub 2017 May 11.

Living with advanced cancer and the role of the primary care provider: The missing piece in the survivorship discourse.

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1
Department of Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
2
Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
3
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

Abstract

The period of survivorship has been identified as a distinct phase of the cancer continuum, and the key role of primary care providers in caring for cancer survivors has been recognized. However, much of the focus to date has been placed on cancer survivors who are treated with curative intent and survive cancer-free. Receiving less attention are those who are living with advanced, non-curative cancer. In this commentary, we review the current evidence about the characteristics of these survivors, their unmet needs and receipt of health care. We offer insights into future research, education and policy initiatives aiming to enhance the care for this population.

KEYWORDS:

advanced cancer; primary care; survivorship

PMID:
28497519
DOI:
10.1111/ecc.12708
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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