The future role of primary care in cancer control – survivorship care

Annette Berendsen1

1University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Abstract

 

As the number of cancer survivors is increasing rapidly traditional models of follow-up are no longer sustainable. Internationally, there is increasing support for the idea that PCPs (and other primary care providers) should be more involved in all stages of cancer care.

The role of PCPs in the survivorship phase is not well defined, and yet with their knowledge of the patient's prior medical history, co-morbidities and family situation, and their holistic approach to care, PCPs have much to offer.

Challenges, barriers, and expectations for new models of survivorship care of PCPs, medical specialists and patients will be discussed.