Overview of Cancer Survivorship Care for Primary Care Providers

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Survivorship care for a patient with cancer is often complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Cancer and its treatment can have late and long-term physical and psychosocial effects. After the acute and intense period of treatment and surveillance administered by oncology teams, cancer survivors slowly transition care to primary providers. Cancer survivors then enter into an extended phase of survivorship whether they are cancer-free, in remission, or living with cancer. In this phase, symptoms related to cancer and its treatment may vary over time. Developing a care plan can facilitate the transition of care between all providers taking care of cancer patients.