Clinical Oncology Society of Australia position statement on cancer survivorship care

Janette L. Vardy, Raymond J. Chan, Bogda Koczwara, Karolina Lisy, Richard J. Cohn, David Joske, Haryana M. Dhillon, Michael Jefford

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Abstract

Background

Cancer survivors often experience long-term negative consequences of their cancer and cancer treatment. With increasing numbers of survivors and duration of survival, a sustainable model of care is required to better meet the needs of cancer survivors.

Objective

The aim of this article is to outline the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Model of Survivorship Care, summarising the critical components of cancer survivorship care.

Discussion

Recommendations include: a systematic, multidisciplinary care approach that optimises self-management and enhances coordinated and integrated survivor-centred care from diagnosis; stratified care pathways based on survivors' needs, capacity to self-manage and anticipated treatment sequelae; a focus of care on wellness, healthy lifestyle, symptom management and prevention of life-altering and life-threatening late effects in addition to cancer surveillance; development of a treatment summary and care plan; and equitable, timely access to services, while minimising unnecessary use of healthcare services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-836
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian journal of general practice
Volume48
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

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