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Psychological medicine

Not good as new: how GPs can help cancer survivors live well after treatment

JANE TURNER

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Abstract

Follow up for people who have had cancer has shifted from a surveillance focus to an emphasis on living well using evidence-based treatment and co-ordinated and integrated care. Many aspects of assisting patients to live well after cancer can be provided by GPs.

Article Extract

Cancer is common, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimated that 134,174 new cases would be diagnosed in 2017.1 Improvements in early detection and treatment have led to increased survival, meaning that more people continue to live with the side effects of the cancer and its treatment. Survivorship has emerged as a key area in cancer care and GPs have a crucial role in supporting patients.

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