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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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1
Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, A Richard Pratt Legacy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2
Department of Cancer Experiences Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
3
Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

Cancer survivors; model of care; surveillance

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