There are close to one million cancer survivors in Canada. This number is expected to increase to nearly two million by 2020.
After cancer treatments are finished, many patients transition into the survivorship phase of the cancer journey. Where a patient will receive follow-up care depends on the kind of care needed and the type of cancer. Follow-up care may be provided in the community, at the cancer centre, or by primary care providers/nurse practitioners.
The South West Regional Cancer Program has developed tools to help primary care providers manage breast and colorectal survivors in the follow-up phase.