TABLE 5-1 Estimates of the Supply of Selected Physicians Who Provide Survivorship Care

Type of Physician

Number of Physicians

Physician specialist

Medical oncology

• Board certified

9,708

 

• American Society of Clinical Oncology

12,603

Radiation oncology

• Board certified

4,005

 

• American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

3,900

Hematology

• Board certified

5,794

 

• American Society of Hematology

4,233

Surgery

• Board certified

35,403

 

• Society for Surgical Oncology

1,700

Colorectal surgery

• Board certified

1,317

 

• American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

1,000

Thoracic surgery

• Board certified

5,693

 

• Society of Thoracic Surgeons

4,200c

Breast surgery

• American Society of Breast Surgeons

1,900

Ear Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

• Board certified

10,165

Urology

• Board certified

10,512

 

• American Urological Association

9,738a

Gynecologic oncology

• Board certified

718

 

• Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

872

Physiatry

• Board certified

6,604

 

• American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)

6,849

 

• AAPM&R cancer special interest group

28

benefits to patients of prevention and lifestyle change, and the complexities of integrating survivorship concerns into care for a group of patients of generally advanced age with other chronic conditions.

Education and training must also stress the need for multidisciplinary approaches, integrated and coordinated care, and effective use of community-based resources. Aspects of survivorship that could be considered essential content of survivorship training for health care providers are shown in Box 5-1.



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