Review of Primary Care Provider Models in Care of Cancer Survivors Shows Opportunity for Enhancement

New Brunswick, N.J. – For more than a decade, there has been a focus on involving primary care providers in the follow-up care of cancer survivors. A new study by Rutgers University and Harvard Medical School investigators examines current literature on this subject and finds despite a number of proposed care models, there is limited information on the role that primary care providers play in the care of cancer survivors. Rutgers Cancer Institute research member Shawna V. Hudson, PhD, who is also an associate professor and research division chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the senior author of the work to be published in the January 2017 issue of The Lancet Oncology (Lancet Oncol 2017; 18: e30–38) as part of a series of five papers on ‘Cancer Survivorship in the USA.’ She shares more about the findings, which the research team calls an “opportunity for future changes in education, clinical practice, research and policy.”

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