Juggling cancer and life in survivorship: The role of general practitioners
Australian Journal of General Practice
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
School of Medical and Health Sciences
National Health and Medical Research Council
NHMRC Number : APP1194051
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.
Hart, N. H., Smith, A. B., Hobbs, K., Thamm, C., Gordon, L. G., Crichton, M., & Chan, R. J. (2021). Juggling cancer and life in survivorship: The role of general practitioners. Australian Journal of General Practice, 50(8), 520-525. https://doi.org/10.31128/AJGP-04-21-5938