Cancer survivors 'need support'

GPs should pay more attention to the long-term consequences of cancer, a DoH report says.

The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative review highlights the lack of support offered to cancer survivors and calls for a new model of after-care to improve patients' quality of life.

There are two million people living with cancer in the UK, and the report warns that as the population ages that figure will rise.

New treatments have led to an increase in survival rates for most cancer types, and as a result more patients are returning to the care of their GP.

'In the future, GPs will play a pivotal role in cancer survivorship and must be able to identify signs of recurrence or the consequences of treatment and refer and support patients appropriately,' say the authors.

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