Breast Cancer Survivors Call for More...

Breast Cancer Survivors Call for More "Survivorship Care" from Primary Care Physicians

There are 1 comment on the Newswise story from Jan 19, 2009, titled Breast Cancer Survivors Call for More "Survivorship Care" from Primary Care Physicians. In it, Newswise reports that:

Many breast cancer patients give low marks to the post-cancer "survivorship" care they receive from their primary care physicians, who generally serve as a patient's main health care provider after they're ...

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Gail Perry

Spring Hill, FL

#1 Jan 19, 2009
I'm sorry but I've had cancer and I think this is absurd. My PCP would be the first to tell you that he doesn't know anything about cancer. How much time is he supposed to spend getting familiar with the subtype of breast cancer I had? I'm on an AI, and it has its side effect, but my PCP has the good sense to realize that reading a couple of articles on AI's is not going to tell him enough to give me any kind of medical advice related to my history of breast cancer.

What he will do, should the need arise, is pick up the phone and talk with my oncologist, and the two of them are perfectly capable of working together should the need arise.

I only see my onologist every six months for a check-in. He does not want to be my PCP, and my PCP does not want to be my oncologist. I respect them both for their individual areas of expertise.

Medicine is too complex now to expect any one doctor to have in-depth knowledge of all possible specialties.

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