Shared follow-up and survivorship care for low-risk endometrial cancer is designed for women who have completed active treatment for low-risk endometrial cancer. Shared care involves the joint participation of primary care and specialist teams in the planned delivery of patient care.
Shared care can provide women with the benefits of care by a specialist team combined with continuity of care and ongoing management from primary care practitioner/s.
Purpose of follow-up and survivorship care for low-risk endometrial cancer
- Early detection of recurrence
- Identification, monitoring and management of treatment-related side-effects and co-morbidities
- Screening, assessment and management of supportive care needs
- Reviewing and updating family history information
- Providing holistic care
- Exploring and managing the woman’s expectations
Benefits of shared follow-up and survivorship care
Shared follow-up and survivorship care provide women the benefit of care by a specialist team combined with continuity of care and ongoing management by the primary care practitioner/s. It has the potential to provide a safe and effective service delivery model while helping to address equity of access issues for women with low-risk endometrial cancer in Australia.
Potential benefits of a shared follow-up and survivorship care model for low-risk endometrial cancer may include:
- Improvements in patient choice and shared decision-making
- Improved access to holistic and accessible care
- Increased capacity for specialist teams to manage and support high-risk patients
- Strengthened care coordination between specialist and primary care teams
Principles for shared follow-up and survivorship care for low-risk endometrial cancer
Cancer Australia’s seven Principles for shared follow-up and survivorship care for low-risk endometrial cancer are designed to underpin the delivery of shared follow-up and survivorship care for low-risk endometrial cancer by health professionals and health services.
- Person-centred care
- Care is delivered according to best practice
- Coordination of care
- Support for living well
- Support for primary care providers
- Support for specialist treatment team
- Care is informed and improved by data
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