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PERSPECTIVE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-5

Improving the Care of Adult Cancer Survivors


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

Correspondence Address:
Michael Jefford
Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, A Richard Pratt Legacy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_42_19

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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.


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