Research Round-up – September 2019 – Karolina Lisy

Dr Milley talks to Dr Karolina Lisy, Senior Research Fellow in the Survivorship and Living Well After Cancer group at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She recently published a systematic review in Asia‐Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology titled “Identifying the most prevalent unmet needs of cancer survivors in Australia: A systematic review”. The review identified the most common unmet needs of cancer survivors in Australia, looking at personal, disease, and treatment‐related variables connected with unmet needs. Seventeen studies were included in the review and the most commonly described were for help with psychosocial issues such as fear of cancer recurrence, insecurity about the future, and concern about partners, friends, and families. In terms of physical needs, the reports were supportive care such as information about support services, coordination between providers and peer support. Dr Lisy believes GPs and primary care health care providers are well placed to manage and address the unmet needs particularly psychosocial and preventative health measures of cancer patients. She also mentions that primary care providers have an opportunity to manage patients with comorbidities

Articles and Links

Lisy, K., Langdon, L., Piper, A., & Jefford, M. (2019). Identifying the most prevalent unmet needs of cancer survivors in Australia: A systematic review. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, https://doi.org/10.1111/ajco.13176  

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