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Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Oct 30;7(1):2-5. doi: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_42_19. eCollection 2020 Jan-Mar.

Improving the Care of Adult Cancer Survivors.

Jefford M1,2,3.

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Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, A Richard Pratt Legacy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Department of Cancer Experiences Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.


Internationally, there are growing numbers of cancer survivors. Survivors report a range of persistent symptoms and unmet needs, which are quite consistent, internationally. Current models of post-treatment survivorship care are suboptimal, and unsustainable given the number of survivors, and limited health workforce. The most appropriate model of care for an individual will depend on a range of patient, disease and treatment factors. Alternatives to traditional follow up have been evaluated including nurse led follow up, follow up led by a primary care physician and formalized models of shared care. There should be greater focus on implementation of proven models.


Cancer survivors; model of care; surveillance

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