Table 2

Participating Cancer Survivors’ Perceptions of Which Physician Should Monitor Follow-up

ThemeaIllustrative Quotes
Cancer specialist only n=22, 52%“If there’s anything, considering anything, in reference to cancer treatment, I would see my oncologist for it. [J]ust because that’s their specialty…I’d rather see the oncologist, someone that is familiar, who does it every day. I just wouldn’t think that a primary or my gynecologist would know, be as knowledgeable” (PS 36).
“You gotta have an oncologist. I would advise anyone not to go to a family doctor or a general practitioner, you gotta be an oncologist. You know, I’m a firm believer. My head hurts, I’m going to the head doctor. My foot hurts, I’m going to the foot doctor” (PS 34).
Shared care: cancer or cancer-related specialist and primary care physician n=16, 38%“I mean, as far as being a liaison between me and that oncologist or me and the surgeon, that’s what my primary care is for, in my opinion. That’s how I used him, to be my go-between. To explain the things in the files that I didn’t understand” (PS 7).
“Um, maybe ob-gyn [could be involved in follow-up]…. When I go there yearly for the clinical exam, they’ll usually question about the breast cancer and stuff like that” (PS 12).
“I think all of them [primary care physician, urologist and oncologist] should be concerned with the [follow-up] care. [Knowing my] history is OK…, too. But they should be involved together because…primary care knows more about…me other than the cancer” (PS 13).
Does not matter n=1, 2%“I don’t think that makes a difference really…. [S]omebody would have to be trained specifically in an ancillary part of the adjustment process, you know. It would have to be—to be of any value, it would have to be specific to that, and I’m not sure that’s even possible” (PS 4).
  • PS=participating survivor.

  • a Because of nonresponse (n = 3, 7%), percentages do not add to 100%.