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Shared cancer follow-up and survivorship care

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Follow-up care is essential following completion of active treatment for cancer to check whether the cancer has returned, discuss physical and emotional health, and monitor and manage any risk factors and side effects of treatment. Shared cancer follow-up care involves the joint participation of specialists and GPs in the planned delivery of follow-up and survivorship care for patients.

As the number of people diagnosed with and surviving cancer increases, progressively more people will require follow-up care, placing an increased demand on Australia’s health system and resources. Shared care leverages the skills and expertise of the specialist and primary care workforce to support the delivery of high quality, safe and sustainable follow-up and survivorship care.