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Survivors of Breast Cancer Differ on Who Should Manage Follow-Up Care

(NCI/Cancer Currents Blog) Aug 2, 2017 - A new study affirms the concerns and confusion that some cancer survivors have voiced about which health care providers should be directing their long-term care.

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Thomas Marsland, MD (Posted: August 08, 2017)

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I would tend to agree that the oncologist generally should be the one to deliver long term follow up care. There really are several reasons for this. The patient and the oncologist develop a generally intense relationship during the times of active disease and treatments. The level of trust and communication is often more than that experienced in other settings. Also we in the oncology field tend to be more available to our active patients who many times need to be seen acutely and cannot wait for delayed appointments. These carry over as patients transition into survivorship care. There is just that level of comfort for all parties. In addition it always made my day to see Ms Jones my 20 year breast cancer survivor; it is important for us as the care givers to experience the success stories too. All this is not to say others cannot provide this longer term care but at least for me I would definitely be missing something.....

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