Cancer survivorship care: Exploring the role of the general internist

Susan Hong*, Larissa Nekhlyudov, Aarati Didwania, Olufunmilayo Olopade, Pamela Ganschow

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S495-S500
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Cancer survivorship
  • Comprehensive care internist
  • Shared care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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