Cancer patients, their cancer specialists and GPs were interviewed about expanding the role of GPs in the long term care of patients with cancer. This identified the need for a shared care plan between the hospital specialist services and GPs.
In 2008–2012 in Australia, individuals diagnosed with cancer had a 67% chance of surviving for 5 years compared to their counterparts in the general Australian population: 68% for colon cancer. Between 1983–1987 and 2008–2012, 5-year relative survival from breast cancer improved from 72% to 90%. This means that in many cases cancer has become a long term condition. This long term management includes the early detection of recurrence or new tumours, management of psychosocial problems, early detection and management of long term consequences of cancer therapy. Existing models of care can see survivors continuing to attend hospital-based follow-up appointments for many years, despite not necessarily requiring the expertise of a specialist oncology team for many parts of their care. This is challenging an already stretched health care system and increasing costs.
To develop specifications and design for a e-shared care plan for cancer long term care of cancer patients.
Project Design and Method
Mark Harris Phone: 02 93858384 Email: email@example.com
Prince of Wales Cancer Services, South East Sydney LHD, Central and Eastern PHN
TCRN Translational Cancer Research Network (NSW Cancer Institute)