Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 24, Supplement 2, pp 495–500

Cancer Survivorship Care: Exploring the Role of the General Internist

  • Susan Hong
  • Larissa Nekhlyudov
  • Aarati Didwania
  • Olufunmilayo Olopade
  • Pamela Ganschow
Perspectives

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-009-1019-4

Cite this article as:
Hong, S., Nekhlyudov, L., Didwania, A. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2009) 24(Suppl 2): 495. doi:10.1007/s11606-009-1019-4

Abstract

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), cancer survivorship encompasses the “physical, psychosocial, and economic issues of cancer from diagnosis until the end of life.” Today, one in 30 Americans are cancer survivors. Almost two-thirds have at least one chronic health condition. As the numbers of cancer survivors increase, cancer itself can be viewed as a chronic medical condition. This paper illustrates some of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. We discuss the limitations of current models of survivorship care, including shared care. In addition, we explore how the American Board of Internal Medicine’s previously proposed credential of Comprehensive Care Internist could serve to define and integrate the complex needs of adult cancer survivors with the skills and talents of general internists.

KEY WORDS

cancer survivorshipcomprehensive care internistshared care

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Hong
    • 1
  • Larissa Nekhlyudov
    • 2
    • 3
  • Aarati Didwania
    • 4
  • Olufunmilayo Olopade
    • 5
  • Pamela Ganschow
    • 6
  1. 1.Internal Medicine, Section of General Internal MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Harvard Vanguard Medical AssociatesBostonUSA
  4. 4.Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Internal Medicine Section of Hematology & OncologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  6. 6.Rush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA