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General practice and cancer care


General practice (also described as primary care) is usually the first point of contact for people with early symptoms of cancer.

General practice plays a significant role in prevention, screening, follow-up after treatment and palliative care. However, there is still scope to expand the role of general practice in collaboration with cancer specialists.

Cancer Australia has a number of specific initiatives to better engage and support general practitioners (GPs) in the delivery of cancer care, including: 

  • the CanNET program, a key element of which is more effective involvement of primary care providers;
  • development of information and resources including web-based cancer treatment protocols to support GPs in caring for patients during and after cancer treatment; and