Juggling cancer and life in survivorship: The role of general practitioners

Nicolas H. Hart, Allan Ben Smith, Kim Hobbs, Carla Thamm, Louisa G. Gordon, Megan Crichton, Raymond J. Chan

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Abstract

Background The number of cancer survivors in Australia is growing. General practitioners (GPs) have a key role in providing holistic care to people experiencing a cancer diagnosis, receiving treatment or enduring long-term effects of cancer and its treatment. Cancer survivors experience a range of unique biopsychosocial issues, requiring significant and coordinated care to optimise their quality of life. Objective The aim of this article is to provide an overview of management strategies for GPs in addressing three highly distressing cancer-related issues: fear of cancer recurrence, financial toxicity and management of relationships. Discussion Recommendations are provided for effective screening and monitoring of cancer-related issues, with management strategies outlined to facilitate GP-initiated discussions and referral to credible resources and other health services. Useful materials relevant to the Australian primary care setting are presented together with an overview of information to support GP provision of cancer survivorship care for fear of cancer recurrence, financial toxicity and relationship issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-525
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
Volume50
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Medical oncology
  • Survivorship
  • General practitioners (GPs)

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