Models of Survivorship Care

As the number of Australian cancer survivors continues to increase, due to advances in early detection, treatment, and the aging population, the pressure on our health system to provide quality survivorship care also increases. There are a number of models of follow up (survivorship) care, some are described below.

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Traditional follow-up care

The traditional model of survivorship care is delivered by oncologists, haematologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and/or other medical specialists within a hospital-based setting. This model of care involves survivors attending regular face-to-face clinic appointments with their specialist/s at pre-defined intervals following treatment.

Shared care

Shared care is a model of cancer follow-up care where care is provided by both oncology and primary care providers. Follow-up still proceeds according to recommended follow-up schedules, and survivors have their care shared between oncology specialists and their GP.  Shared care leverages the skills and expertise of both oncology and primary care specialists in providing quality, sustainable survivorship care.

Resources

Cancer Australia principles of shared care for early breast cancer