Cancer survivorship provides a focus on the health and wellbeing of a person living with and beyond cancer.

An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life.

Health professionals play an important role in identifying and managing issues and unmet needs experienced by cancer survivors and linking survivors with supportive resources and services.

By the end of this rapid learning you will be able to:

  • define the term cancer survivor 
  • identify your role in supporting cancer survivors including key resources to refer survivors to
  • describe the importance of healthy lifestyle behaviours in improving quality of life
  • outline the importance of survivorship care plans and engaging primary care in survivorship care.

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  • Screen your patients for potential survivorship issues and unmet needs, provide supportive resources and information and make timely referrals to appropriate services. 
  • Support survivors to make informed decisions about lifestyle behaviours that promote wellness and improve their quality of life.
  • Ensure all patients completing active cancer treatment have a survivorship care plan. 
  • Encourage patients to engage with their local GP during and after active treatment.

Practical resources

Download and save the Cancer survivorship resources page so you can access resources and information whilst you’re on the job.

Additional resources

Reference list

Full references are listed here

This rapid learning has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, based at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.


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